The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s way of writing down his childhood in lively detail. The characters and settings were dear to him and he chose to depict the American Boy’s childhood as fun and fancy-free. The story is told trough Tom’s eyes and is enchanting and adventurous, just as any young boy’s life would be. His daily life included mischief and budding young love, which is told with great detail. Although it is a fictional account of one young boy, the story of Tom Sawyer has touched many readers and lives on today as it did when it was written long ago.
Tome Sawyer does not have many relatives, his mother died and him and his half brother Sidney live with their Aunt Polly and cousin Mary. The setting was in the small, poor southern town of St.Pettersburg, Missouri right by the Mississippi River. Tom has a love for live and would rather be doing what he pleases rather than what is expected of him. In all of his mischievous moments his best friend and partner in crime is Huckleberry Finn. Although their goal is just to have fun, they somehow always end up in trouble. The trouble starts when Tom and Huck witness the murder of Dr. Robinson by Injun Joe. Muff Potter is framed and even though Tom and Huck know the truth they do not step forward because they are afraid of what Injun Joe will do to them. Although Muff Potter is tried and almost hung, Tom finally steps forward and does the right thing. Tom and Huck go on throughout the book and find themselves in deep water more than once.
All of the characters in this novel are carefully depicted. They are alive in the story, the reader can feel all of Tom’s emotions. Tom is the main character of the novel and tells the story to the reader. Although he may seem like a boy that is always in trouble, he’s intentions are good. He has the common case of can’t sit still goot get up and go boy. This condition sometimes poses a problem as we see Tom weasels his way out of work and into play. Tom and Huck never plan on getting into trouble it has a way of finding them. Tom is driven by his youthful energy and mischief.
Mark Twain wrote this novel using language common for the time period and location. His detailed accounts give the reader wonderful images and the constant dialogue makes the reader forget that they are reading a story and not sitting in on someone’s live.
The adventures f Tom Sawyer was written with such humor, detail and human emotion that it was bound to be a favorite piece for all times. Tom matures throughout the novel, telling the truth, showing signs of nobility. He is able to see that the truth has a great value and that life will not always be careless. This novel has many themes but the moral of the story is to tell the truth.