Summary Of Tom Sawyer In The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

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Tom, delinquent explorer and pirate, is the protagonist of Mark’s Twain eclectic classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Often referred to as instead a narrative, this “novel” tells a collection of stories about Tom’s boyhood expeditions. “The Glorious Whitewasher” is regarded as one of the finer enclosed shorts. In real life, someone like Tom has the world at his fingertips. He could become a business mogul or leader of the generation—let’s explore how and why.

If there is one thing this chapter does perfectly, it’s reveal to the reader how masterfully Tom can manipulate his supposed friends. Aunt Polly tells Tom he must whitewash the fences, keeping him from fun. Ben Rogers, “the very boy, of all boys, whose ridicule he had been dreading” (Twain 9), taunts Tom and insists Tom would much rather be him, free and about to go swimming. Tom, with all his smarts and talent, spins his whitewashing duty as privilege to Ben. Saying only he is good enough to do it, and he doesn’t have the opportunity often therefore it’s an experience. This succeeds at making Ben want to whitewash the fence, a chore which he previously referred to as work. Ben offers his whole apple for the job, and acting rather reluctant, Tom takes the deal. After Ben, there are more deals and more treasures traded to Tom for the experience of whitewashing. At such a young age, this could be viewed as alarming or borderline sociopathic, but later in life, Tom’s persuasiveness amongst other character traits could
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