Eighth Grade English
Tom Sawyer Essay
"There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. This desire suddenly came upon Tom one day."
Mark, Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
“Sh!" said Tom.
"What is it?" whispered Huck, blanching with fright.
"Sh!... There!... Hear it?"
"Yes!... Oh, my! Let's run!"
"Keep still! Don't you budge! They're coming right toward the door."
The boys stretched themselves upon the floor with their eyes to knotholes in the planking, and lay waiting, in a misery of fear.
"They've stopped.... No—coming.... Here they are. Don't whisper another word, Huck. My goodness, I wish I was out of this!
[The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain, Chapter XVI]
Here Twain gives you a heart pounding experience from one of Toms adventures; he is telling us that Tom has a crazy adventures, and he uses this dialogue between Huck and Tom to get his point across. In this scene we can see why Tom Sawyer has stayed around for so long; it is the way that Twain wraps the reader into the book that makes it so hard to put down. Tom and Huck have a sense of fear and adrenaline as they hear the voices, and twain makes sure that you do to. This adventure that Tom Sawyer goes on not only includes him and Huck, but also the reader. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a well written, and is an entertains way to enjoy the thrills of youth
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer acts as a gateway back ones youth. Tom Sawyer contains the quality of someone who has the rest of his life to figure things out. This can be refreshing to people because he acts as a path to their childhood. Tom has what Mark Twain describes as "the elastic heart of youth". After his engagement to Becky is ruined when she finds out that she is not the first girl he has been a engaged to Tom slips into a sort of melancholy attitude. He seems to be so deep in the pit of despair that he will never be able to pull himself out, but then the most fantastic thing happens. Toms youthful vibes start to seep back into his heart purging it of the darkness he has been nursing. He seems to start to think that there is no reason to let one girl hold down his ambitions, he has the rest of his life laid out in front of him. Tom can't let one girl stop the rest of his life and in Toms opinion his opportunities are endless
"But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. Tom presently began to drift insensibly back into the concerns of this life again. What if he turned his back, now, and disappeared mysteriously? What if he went away -- ever so far away, into unknown countries beyond the seas -- and never came back any more!"
[The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter VIII Mark Twain]
In this scene Mark Twain is emphasizing the importance of youth in Tom Sawyer; he is telling us that Tom has a youthful heart, and he uses a metaphor to emphasize that Toms mind is playful, and will repair itself. It is this freeing aspect of Toms personality that we see in this scene that attracts people so strongly. a reader can see their childhood, and, in a way, relive it. Tom Sawyer is a spirit of youth, he embodies what it means to be young. You can see this in how his begrudged mind snaps back into a cheerful one. This makes people drawn to the story, the fact that Tom has been around so long is partially because he acts as a way back to being young. Scenes like the one above provide perfect examples of how to get back to ones childhood. If Tom was a god he would be the god of mischief, innocence, and curiosity. These are the characteristic that make up what it is to be a child. As we see in the scene after the Becky fiasco Tom's mind is the ultimate embodiment of youth.