Emotional Changes in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Emotional Changes in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer : A 3 page paper which examines the emotional changes seen in Tom Sawyer in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. No additional sources cited.

The Maturing of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

A fifteen page paper comparing these two protagonists in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The paper shows that Tom remains childlike because he is essentially conventional, and has never been forced to make adult decisions; Huck, on the other hand, has forged his own code of ethics at an early age. No additional sources.

Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer

A 3 page essay that discusses Twain's Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain's most famous book is Huckleberry Finn and critics agree that it is a greater literary achievement than its predecessor The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). However, this work, which Twain referred to as a "hymn" to boyhood, has always been more widely read than Huck (Rasmussen 216). A factor in Tom Sawyer's perennial popularity is undoubtedly due to the fact that this novel demonstrates the social, physical and emotional struggles of the human maturation process, as the reader follows Tom's growth throughout the narrative. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Morality In The Works Of Mark Twain

A 7 page paper examining Twain's evocation of morals in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The paper concludes that Twain wrote books not only for entertainment, but to express his particular views on morality as well. Bibliography lists nine sources.

Tom Sawyer: Differences in Adult and Child Interpretation and Experience

A 5 page discussion of the differences in experiences and interpretation a child might have in reading the 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' as opposed to those an adult might have. Observes that the child sees adventure and independence while the adult sees satire, stereotype, even the realities of capitalism. Concludes that undoubtedly Mark Twain was very much aware of the satire, the contrasts, and the stereotypes. He was, after all, a true wordsmith, a weaver of stories. Like Tom Sawyer, Twain himself was a capitalist. A capitalist who profited from the imaginations, perceptions, and receptivity of others to his craft. No additional sources are listed.

Mark Twain / A Life Of Writing.. And Controversy

A 6 page paper on the life and works of Samuel Clemens, pen name-- Mark Twain. The writer discusses how some of Twain's own life experiences along the Mississippi River and elsewhere are reflected in his fiction. Several key works including 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' 'Huckleberry Finn,' & 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court' are examined. Some of the controversy over Mark Twain's content is brought up as well. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Mark Twain’s Unworldly Protagonists

A five page paper looking at several of Twain's works in terms of their most characteristic feature: his creation of an innocent, unworldly protagonist who is able to see the adult world with fresh eyes. Specific works discussed are 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' 'The Prince and the Pauper,' and 'Life on the Mississippi.' Bibliography lists seven sources.

Journeys: Tom Sawyer and Peter Pan

A 6 page paper which examines the symbolism of the journeys taken in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy).” No additional sources cited.

Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'

As the title of this book suggests, Tom Sawyer, and the author, Mark Twain, believed that life was a series of adventures. The playful, occasionally skirting the edges of malicious, sense of fun that permeates the story is the fictional representation of the belief that childhood should be a care-free time. In today's world children no longer live this illusion, as Tom did, and can only connect with it through such modern character's as TV's Bart Simpson. This 6 page paper describes how both Tom and Bart are masters at the art they ascribe to: the prank and the hoax. Each gives the reader, and, or, viewer, an insight into the mind of the child, almost adolescent, of their separate times. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Tom And Huck: Moral Influence

5 pages in length. The character of Huckleberry Finn, in Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, effectively incorporates the innocence of a child with the wisdom of a tolerant adult. When Tom Sawyer shows up in the story and Huck concurs to being a member of Tom's gang, it becomes easy for one to see how make-believe, a concept borrowed from Romantic fiction, pervades childhood in this world; soon afterward the reader encounters myriad situations in which adults illustrate just how susceptible they are to the same circumstance. The writer discusses the influence that Tom had over Huck. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Huck Finn/A Search for Identity

A 3 page essay that discusses Huck's search for identity in Samuel Clemens' (Mark Twain's) novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Throughout the narrative, Huck tries on different persona. He attempts to be "sivilized" under the care of the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson. Journeying down the Mississippi in the company of a Jim, a runaway slave, Huck attempts to be the glamorous "robber" of Tom Sawyer's fantasy, but finds he that he cannot bring himself to con people in the manner demonstrated by the nefarious "aristocrats" who call themselves the "duke and the dauphin." In the course of his adventures, Huck tries to make sense of cultural mores and norms and finds that this is an impossible task. Ultimately, he rejects all "sivilizing" efforts in order to pursue a life where he can grow and develop according to his own ideas of right and wrong. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Tom Sawyer’s Pranks at the Conclusion of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

A 3 page paper which examines how when Tom Sawyer re-entry into the action towards the end of the novel is gratuitous and reduces the roles of Huck and Jim. No additional sources are used.

Tom and Huck’s Friendship in Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'

A 7 page look at the relationship of these two boyhood friends in Mark Twain’s classic novel. The paper argues that the significant differences between Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer actually encapsulate the novel’s theme. No additional sources.

Tom Sawyer and Superstition

A 5 page paper which examines how superstitious Tom Sawyer is in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” No additional sources cited.

Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”: Grades for Teaching Irony, Historical Context and Racism

This is a 3 page paper discussing “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in regards to its place within the educational system and grade levels which can appreciate the work. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was written by Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910) in 1884 and was originally meant to be read as adult fiction and as a sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” written in 1881, although it is a text which can stand on its own. While the book remains one of the most taught works of American literature, it is considered as difficult to teach and controversial because of the racial content and use of colloquialism. In most cases, the book is left for the higher grade levels ranging from junior high to graduate school because of the racial content and the high level of irony used which could be misunderstood or missed by students in the younger grades. In addition, most critics believe that students should be taught the book in later grades when the students would be able to place the book in a larger historical context. Bibliography lists 2 sources.