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Critical Analysis of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Critical Analysis of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Every individual goes through a transition at some time in his or her life. This transition is made from the mischief and pranks of childhood to the more sophisticated nature of adulthood. There are often times people or events that spur this change. Some religions even hold special events to mark this change such as people of the Jewish faith, who have the bar mitzvah to commemorate the transformation of a young boy from his old ways into mature ways. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer, the protagonist, makes this shift from childhood to adulthood. Tom Sawyer starts out as a mischievous and rebellious boy who envies freedom from the responsibilities of everyday life but becomes a responsible young boy at the end of the novel. Many factors contributed to this conversion in Tom. Some of these factors are his pursuit of Becky Thatcher’s heart, the murder of Doc Robinson and the adventure in McDougal’s cave.

Tom Sawyer’s pursuit of Becky Thatcher’s heart helped Tom become more mature in his actions. When he first saw her, “The fresh-crowned hero fell without firing a shot. A certain Amy Lawrence vanished out of his heart, and left not even a memory of herself behind” (24). The fresh-crowned hero, Tom, fell in love with Becky when he first saw her at her house. He liked her so much from that moment that even his current love at that time, Amy Lawrence, disappeared completely from his heart and mind without a trace. This demonstrates that Tom had deep interest in Becky. There is no way that Tom’s former love could vanish from his heart unless he really liked Becky. Tom’s infatuation with Becky induced him to try to win her heart. Since Tom was still a boy, he performed many childish feats to impress her. He carried out dangerous gymnastics, chased and teased other boys, yelled out absurd chants and words, and laughed at everything. These acts show that Tom is still quite infantile at this stage. He showed all the characteristics of someone still in their childhood, someone who acts immaturely. At first, these things did make an impact on Becky and Tom convinced her to be engaged to him. They promised that they would not love anybody, except each other, forever. Becky was excited to be engaged but...

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