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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


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Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • By Mark Twain

Mark Twain
  • When Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in
    November 1835, Halleys Comet was streaking
    across the sky, a blazing phenomenon that
    thrilled the world. During his life Mark Twain
    would say that he came in with Halleys Comet and
    that he would go out with it when it returned
    after seventy-five years. He did just that.
    Mark Twain died in April 1910, while the comet
    was blazing its way across the sun.
  • - Jean Craighead George

  • Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835
  • Spent his childhood is Hannibal, Missouri, a
    small frontier town on the Mississippi River
  • Father died when he was 11 years old
  • Left school after 5th grade to work as a
    printers apprentice

  • At 18, moved to New York and spent time as a
    journalist for various newspapers
  • Returned briefly to the Mississippi River to work
    as a riverboat pilot
  • Traveled out West in hopes of striking it rich in
    Nevadas silver rush
  • While out West, began publishing short fiction as
    well as travel articles in newspapers and

  • Adopted the pen name Mark Twain (a riverboat
    term) in 1863
  • Married Olivia Livy Langdon in 1870
  • Moved to Connecticut in the 1870s
  • Had four children, but son Sam died at 2 years of

  • Published his most famous works in the 1870s and
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876
  • The Prince and the Pauper, 1881
  • Life on the Mississippi, 1883
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884

Later Years
  • Made several bad investments in new inventions,
    causing financial problems
  • Had to set out on an international lecture tour
    to earn money
  • Writings became dark, focusing on human greed and
  • Died in New York in 1910

Twain Sayings
  • Supposing is good, but finding out is better.
  • The difference between the right word and almost
    the right word is the difference between
    lightning and the lightning bug.
  • Whatever you say, say it with conviction.
  • Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered
    -- either by themselves or by others.
  • Do the right thing. It will gratify some people
    and astonish the rest.

More Twain Sayings
  • The man who does not read good books has no
    advantage over the man who cannot read them.
  • When I was younger I could remember anything,
    whether it happened or not.
  • There are basically two types of people. People
    who accomplish things, and people who claim to
    have accomplished things. The first group is less
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the
    majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

  • Movement in writing and art in the 1800s
  • Writing should reflect real life
  • To make Tom Sawyer realistic, Twain uses
  • dialect
  • local color
  • depictions of the good and the bad
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is at times a
    critical look at Twains world, with jabs at
    church, school, and the rules of society

Humor and Satire
  • Look for Twains deliberate attempts at humor
    through the following devices
  • Satire a subtle or biting attack on accepted
    institutions, values, and systems. It can also
    be directed at individuals
  • Hyperbole exaggerating for effect
  • Irony when what happens is the opposite of what
    is expected to happen

Tom Sawyer
  • Most of all, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a
    story of boyhood and growing up
  • Tom is essentially a good boy who sometimes makes
    mischief and causes trouble
  • No matter what trouble he gets into, his
    conscience is always at work