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Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain’s story of boyhood event 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 dismal and labyrinthine cave. less than 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 develop into extra reported in Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. regardless of such feedback, Tom Sawyer continues to be Twain’s pleased ode to the unending chances 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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And near the book舗s conclusion we witness the sensitivity he shows toward Becky舗s feelings when the two of them are lost in the cave. This episode illustrates not only Tom舗s compassion and courage, but also his respectability; he and Becky in these scenes have about them the aspect of a middle-class couple. 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.

1852Sam edits the failing Journal while Orion is away. After he reads local humor published in newspapers in New England and the Southwest, Sam begins printing his own humorous sketches in the journal. 1853Sam leaves Hannibal and begins working as an itinerant printer; he visits St. Louis, New York, and Philadelphia. 1854Transcendentalism flourishes in American literary culture; Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden. 1857Sam takes a steamer to New Orleans, where he hopes to find a ship bound for South America.

That he often has the references wrong only adds to the fun, and does not make his imagination any less literary. Tom does everything 舠by the book舡 (p. 58), which is to say that he gives a literary overlay to virtually every activity in which he engages舒from his romance with Becky to his direction of games such as Robin Hood. The games, in particular, reveal how important to the fictional world of this novel are language and speech. Nothing in these games can take on actual power, or legitimacy, unless the language is right; Tom is the insistent monitor of legitimacy, the novel舗s gate-keeper of language.

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