Tom Sawyer Literary Reflection Essay

Evan Lanzendorf

8th Grade English

Fenn School

Tom Sawyer Literary Reflection Essay



 Fear in Tom Sawyer

The Power of Emotion


“If You don’t want to conquer fear, don’t go home and thing about it. Go home and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie 


              Emotions drive almost everything humans do. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, the main character Tom feels the effect of fear personally. As a generally doubtful person, I have very personally felt many of the doubts and questions, driven by similar fear, Mark Twain describes. This piece helped show me an outside view on these emotions and how I could handle these experiences. Throughout this classic tale of boyhood and growing up, Mr. Twain writes about life and the experiences that come with it, such as adventure, anger, love, heartbreak, and how Tom overcomes them.


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Toms Sawyer Team Literary Analysis

Evan Lanzendorf and Parker Nagtegaal 

Tom Sawyer team Analysis

8th grade, Fitz English Fenn School, 10-19-18


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

An Analysis of the themes of mischief


Vanity working on weak head, produces every sort of mischief

Jane Austen


        Children are mischievous, it’s a fact supported by media, literature and society. The book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, clearly shows that when the protagonist Tom gets bored he get into mischief, and he gets bored a lot. Throughout the story Tom uses his guile and cunning to fool his peers, and family to do things for him. He also uses techniques of violence to achieve the goals of his mischievous escapades. 

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The Wonders of Family



“The most important thing in the world is family and love”

John Wooden

Family can be a great thing. Im lucky enough to have a family that has helped me in many ways. They have been with me though the tough times in my life like losing friends, and feeling insecure about myself. But they have also been there in good times, to share my happiness, and celebrate with me. They were with me when I started at Fenn, constantly telling me “Work hard, and ask for help”. It was their way of telling me that they wanted the best for me and they would be there for me. I hope that one day, I can say that I have a family to protect and care for. To be a role model for. And to raise, and cherish, and to send off into the world to start families of their own.

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer and me


The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Being a kid is a confusing experience. If not given the proper guidance then it’s possible that you could be led astray in your later life. Tom Sawyer is a perfect example of this. He’s constantly disobedient, he lies, and steals, and is an overall violent person. But he’s relatable. He’s had past trama. He lost his parents and in a way he lost himself and his desire to become anything else than what people expect from him. Tom Sawyer, to me represents the struggle in adolescence. The struggle of responsibility. The struggle of learning how to be an adult, and the struggle of belonging.

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Cleaning Time

 The Mossy Old Shed




You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.

Cecil Baxter


The poem The Mossy, Weathered Shed, from the book Crows & Swallows is about exactly that. A mossy, weathered shed. It’s from them point of view of Mr. Fitzsimmons himself as he procrastinates tackling the growing problem of this shed and reflects on its current state. Standing in the door of the shed he looks out over the red and brown dappled yard.

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The Most Wonderful time of the Day


“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?”

Ernest Hemingway


    Sweating, I pump out word, after word. I pound my keyboard with enough emotion to move a nation. As tears drip down my face I say to myself, “When will it end?”. Quickly sacking each word as I sit, my mind races and I hit submit. It’s over for now. My essay is in. Legs filled with lead, I walk up the stairs, i’m practically brain dead. Shuffling into my room, I fall onto my sweet, soft, warm mattress and i’m asleep before i’m  finished falling.

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On Windsor Mountain Together

                Up on Windsor Mountain


                           "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

                                                              – Helen Keller

        The early morning light drifts through the leaves. The distant birds chirp merrily. The great pines tower above the waves, which lap against the shore of the lake, desperately trying to climb up. The canoes bump gently against the dock, as the fish swim in lazy circles in the crisp, cool water. The wind blows softly and my eyes fly open in a murderous rage as my phone beeps violently next to my head, which was sleeping soundly only a second ago. I snatch my screeching device and slap at the screen till it stops. I lean over and tap my friend Liam, who glares at me as he rolls over. “We have to get up!” I hissed at him “The running group is gonna leave soon!” Growling at me he falls out of his bunk onto the dirty wooden floor. We slip into fresh clothes and make it outside just in time to join the group of groggy but excited teens starting towards the camp exit, ready to take on the day together.

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Slice of Life

Food for Thought


 If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world

-J. R. R Tolkien 


       One of the most beloved things my life, food has been a glorious constant at Fenn. The schools glorious dining halls have seen many chaotic scenes of hungry adolescents, all rushing to stake their claim on their share of daily grub. It’s a system often mirrored in life. Early bird gets the worm as the old adage goes.


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Adventure on the Allagash

My Canoeing Trip





Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

-Amelia Earhart



      On the cold rocky beach, the dark sky lay out like a blanket dotted with shimmering stars. The sound of the calmly flowing river and the rustling of the trees filled the open air. The cold wind bit at my cheeks as I stood, calmly, on the shore and watched the stars shine like pinpricks, punched in the cold dark sky. Suddenly a hand came down on my shoulder. A familiar voice said “Dinner's almost ready”. I smiled and replied “Ok.” tomy father as I turned and started walking back to the campsite. As i walked back to our campsite I spotted My friends and fellow scouts Jonah, and Max. We were on the first night of a guided canoeing trip of the Allagash River in northern Maine with Jonah's grandfather, and my father. It had been a long first day and everybody hungrily staring at the pot where our guide Michael was boiling the pasta for our dinner. When the pasta was finally lifted off the fire and Michael scooped the steaming food into our eagerly awaiting bowls we tore in, barely speaking a word other than everyones compliments to the chef.

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