Fitz. English paper
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer Essay
Themes within The Adventure Of Tom Sawyer
“Oh, they have just a bully time—take ships and burn them, and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there's ghosts and things to watch it, and kill everybody in the ships—make 'em walk a plank.”
Tom and his friends are pretending to be pirates. As boys in the 1820s, they were always wanting adventure. Tom is trying to explain to his friends what pirates like to do. Often times Tom and his friends play make believe to make there life a little bit more interesting. Tom Sawyer is a book that has taught me many things. It was hard to understand at first but once I kept reading it became a book that wasn’t so bad. There were many themes in the book but two that came up a lot were imagination and showing off. These things are common is most boys and were very clear themes in the book.
Old or young, at one time in everyone’s life, you have let your imagination wander and lead them to little adventures all in your head. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Tom is always using his imagination in different situations. Imagination plays a key role within the main characters Huckleberry, Tom, and Joe Harper. As two crazy boys, they are always wanting to go on adventures, and during these adventures they make little games all inside there head. The like to play make believe and play games with each other. In this part of the book Tom had just run away from school and started thinking about his life. he decides that he wants to be a pirate, until Joe Harper appears he declared the woods to be Sherwood Forrest and they start to play Robin Hood. They have fake swords and they fight, pretending to be Robin Hood and Guy of Guisborne.
“I am Robin Hood, as thy caitiff carcase soon shall know." Then art thou indeed that famous outlaw? Right gladly will I dispute with thee the passes of the merry wood. Have at thee!"
-The Adventure Of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
Tom and Joe use there imagination and pretend to be Robin Hood. They play make believe multiple times within the book, they play little games in there head to entertain themselves from there boring lives at school. Back in the time that this was written ways to entertain yourself were minimal. To entertain himself Tom has to use what he has, his head. They pretend to be these characters and they fight because that is how they entertain themselves. Throughout the book, Tom and Huck are always imaginings things, from being Robin Hood, to being pirates searching for gold. Imagination can make something boring into something fun and adventurous. While playing pretend, they show off to each other their skills.
Showing off has played a role in every young boys life. In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Tom and his friends are always showing off trying to make himself themselves look better in front of each other.Tom and Huck are always showing off to show each other who is better. Tom and his friends are always showing off to girls that they want to impress to make themselves look cool. In every boys life showing off plays a main role in their childhood. At this point in the book, Tom and his pirate friends have run away to a little island. Tom wishes he could live like Huck, so when he sees that Huck smoke, Tom and Joe ask to learn how. Tom and Joe really hated it, but they pretended that they loved it so that they could seem “cool” in front of Huck. Now they stretched themselves out on their elbows and began to puff, charily, and with slender confidence. The smoke had an unpleasant taste, and they gagged a little, but Tom said:
“Why, it's just as easy! If I'd a knowed this was all, I'd a learnt long ago.”
Tom, Huck and Joe are together as friends when Tom and Joe see that Huck is smoking. Tom and Joe both ask to try. The both hated the smoke but both of them had to pretend that they liked it to seem cool in front of Huck. Showing off can be good in the right time, but it can also turn you into something you are not just because you want to seem cool in front of friends. Showing off shows up all through the rest of the book. Whether its something small, like showing off in front of a girl to make her like you, or something bigger like running away to an island so when you come back all the kids will be jealous of you.
Reading the book made me laugh because of all of the funny things that Tom does that are relatable to a lot of kids at Fenn. Reading the book also made me think about how you can make a fun adventure out of almost nothing like what Tom and Huck did when they went searching for treasure. Tom Sawyer reminded me that as a kid we need to be able to be crazy and act like boys. This was a great book overall that really captured what it is like to be a kid.