Tom Sawyer Literary Anlysis Essay

Jack Moskow

The Fenn School Fitz English 

Tom Sawyer Literary Anlysis Essay

November 1st 2018

Overcoming Challenges 



Every challenge is a challenge to become who we really are.” - Marianne Williamson 

By, Jack Moskow 


   The first step to understanding a challenge is concentrating.  Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was a pleasure to read overall, although at some points I found myself distracted or became disinterested. While reading the book, I felt many different emotions. For example, in the beginning I was confused and the book did not really interest me, but once the murder happened I became much more involved and interested in the book and began to enjoy it more. Also, when the theme of superstition started to play a key role in the book, I became very intrigued.

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Tom Sawyer Literary Anlysis 1#

Finley Stevens And Jack Moscow

Tom Sawyer literary analysis #1

8th Grade English, Fenn School

October 19, 2018


A literary analysis of boyhood in Tom Sawyer




Adolescence is like having only enough light to see the step directly in front of you.”

-Sarah Addison Allen


By Jack Moskow and Finely Stevens


    You will never be a man without being a boy. So far in the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain,  boyhood and rebellion fuels the fire for Toms adventures. Boyhood has played a key role in Toms life. Tom overcomes a key part of boyhood. Tom had his first kiss like many boys will in adolescence. This was one of the first steps of becoming a man.


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Metacognition Chapters 5-10

Recuring Themes In Tom Sawyer 


Boys will be boys” -James Rogers


     Over the past week we read the classic, Tom Sawyer, in class. In chapters 5 through 10, we learned more about the book’s characters and themes. These themes, including fantasy , boyhood and rebellion, were fairly easy to follow.

“He would be a pirate! That was it! Now his future lay plain before him, and glowing with unimaginable splendor. How his name would fill the world, and make people shudder! How gloriously he would go plowing the dancing seas, in his long, low, black-hulled racer, the Spirit of the Storm, with his grisly flag flying at the fore!”

     This quote was a great example of the recurring theme of fantasy. I found myself being able to quickly pick up on themes in the book, while I struggled to stay focused in chapters five and six. In my opinion, the later chapters where better than the earlier chapters. I lost interest in the book in the early chapters while chapters 7-10 were intriguing to read. Personally, I find the overall plot of rebellion and boyhood hard to follow in the book. In fact, in reading Tom Sawyer I sometimes forget what I’ve read because I don’t feel the book pulling me into the plot. The book requires your full attention, which I’ve learned to accept, but occasionally I will read pages without really seeing the scene in my head, that makes it more difficult for me to follow or to forget what has happened in the story. Overall though, the beginning of the book has been very good, had I’m excited to read more. I hope my reaction to these recent chapters is not how I will feel about the book in the end because I know it is supposed to be a classic for boys.






The debate on electronics in the morning 


”I don’t think people understand the power of social media or our phones.” - Zendaya 


     The new rule was unwelcome. Disappointment roamed the halls all day. To students, there was no issue, but the staff thought otherwise. This was the unjust rule that took the smiles off Fenn students’ morning: they took away our ability to use our phones before school. 

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Windsor Mountain Essay

Finding Cohesivness


”The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” Hubert H. Humphrey 

by, Jack Moskow 

     It was a misty fall mornings day the clouds were getting dark. The worn yellow bus pulled up to the curb where dozens of kids were bustling about at the start of a new day.  Some of the kids tried desperately to find a safe haven before the cold morning rain. They were 68 boys in total, and each had a special smile, like the way a child smiles. When he gets a creamy vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day. The teacher hollers to board the bus and the dozens of boys run to get the best seat on the bus. The bus honks it’s horn and we are off on an adventure to find greater camaraderie and cohesiveness as a class and community.  We are off to Windsor Mountain.

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A Slice Of Fenn Life




             “Being a actor on a movie set is like going to to the playground for recess.”  -  

By, Jack Moskow

         There are many common events and occurrences everday that make Fenn the school I know and love. But some daily events are more fulfilling to me in my normal school day than others. Recess is the one time each day that is not a burden; it’s not a test or a math formula that you’ll never use again. It’s a time to be free to do lots of activities. Whether it be hanging in the gaga pit, playing football on the turf or even soccer in the old gym, I have never had a bad time at recess.


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500 WORDS!

The dreaded assignment 



'A picture is worth ten thousand words' - Fred R. Barnard 


      I never thought my summer would end like this way so abruptly, or that school would drag my brain out of its resting place so dramatically. My teacher said to write five hundred words (yes, 500!) about anything in the world. I could understand a paragraph, or maybe even 250 words, but 500 seems a bit much for the first day. Does he really want to kill my summer vibe so quickly? Does he underestimate what he is asking? The world is a gosh darn huge place and I am really so small in it, so why does it matter if one kid in some small town in a small state writes a 500 word assignment? Truthfully, not many people would care if they found out a eight grader wrote this. So why does this assignment matter?


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