By Mark Twain
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Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain’s story of boyhood experience overflows with comedy, heat, and slapstick power. It brings to existence and array of impossible to resist characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his most sensible blood brother Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the beautiful, beguiling Becky—as good as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting misplaced in a gloomy and labyrinthine cave. under Tom Sawyer’s sunny floor lurk tricks of a darker fact, of younger innocence and naïveté confronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the grownup world—a subject matter that may turn into extra said in Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. regardless of such feedback, Tom Sawyer is still Twain’s pleased ode to the unending probabilities of childhood.
H. Daniel Peck is John man Vassar Professor of English at Vassar university and is the writer of Thoreau’s Morning Work and A global on its own: The Pastoral second in Cooper’s Fiction.
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These qualities are certainly present in the first part of the novel (especially the first eight chapters), which contains some of the work舗s most famous set pieces, including the fence whitewashing scene in chapter 2. Most of these early chapters seem to have been developed by Twain from previously written sketches, and the sketch, of course, is the form in which earlier he had honed his skills as a humorist, a lecturer, and a journalist. What Mark Twain had not learned, up to this point in his career, was how to sustain a plot舒that is, how to organize his material into a coherent narrative舒and he may well have understood the writing of Tom Sawyer as just this kind of challenge.
While Twain did not invent American fiction of the good-bad boy (it has its still deeper background in European picaresque fiction, and in the novels of Dickens), he used it for his own distinctive purposes of social criticism. For these purposes, in the context of this novel, he needed a figure who systematically challenges the established order even as he firmly belongs to it. This role places Tom in a somewhat unusual position among Twain舗s heroes. He is not an outsider figure in the radical way that Huck most certainly is in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or the way that Hank Morgan is in A Connecticut Yankee.
126). One can sense Samuel Clemens himself 舠squirming舡 over 舠the glaring insincerity of these sermons舡 (p. 126), and, as if to vent himself of their influence, he concludes this chapter by quoting verbatim several 舠compositions舡 taken from an actual volume of nineteenth-century sentimental literature. In this satiric (adult) strain of the book舗s presentation, Tom Sawyer becomes the vehicle not only of childhood reverie and play, but also the vehicle of biting social criticism舒and not just of Hannibal, Missouri, but of the whole of American rural life that it represents.
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