The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Edoardo Takacs
Reflection on The Adventures Tom Sawyer
8th grade English Mr.Fitz

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 

My Experience of Reading and Studying a Classic



A classic is something that everybody wants to read and nobody wants read

-Mark Twain

          Classics open a window into our past. While reading the classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain I found a sense of connection between my life and Tom’s life, for Tom and I both seek to live a life of adventure. Before reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I would have thought that a boy’s life in the 1840’s would be drastically different from my own, but Mark Twain was able to adjust my perspective. Mark Twain wrote about the challenges and adventures that Tom had faced, yet almost two centuries later I too have faced many challenges and adventures in my life.

Tom lives in St.Petersburg Missouri at the time in America when there was a lot of injustice. Slavery still fuses the rise of the American Economy, women have little rights and African Americans are treated like animals. In these unjust times Tom finds a way to make his dull life fell somewhat adventurous. Tom goes on numerous adventures to caves, islands and many other places. During these adventures Tom faces many adversaries, but he has the help of many friends especially Huck Finn the Red-Handed and Joe Harper the Terror of the Seas:

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Literary Analysis Paragraph #1


Edoardo Takacs and Ben Lisa
Tom Sayer Team Analysis #1
8th grade, Fitz English


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Cleverness of Tom Sawyer



The bold are helpless without cleverness


          savvy and clever words often help to get out of tough situations. In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer often gets out of trouble or work, for Tom is astute in these situations by using his cleverness with words. In Chapters 1-10, Tom can get out of most situations. Tom may be young, but he has great deal of knowledge to be able to fool people no matter their age with his cleverness.

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The Gift of a Mother


The Guidance of a Mother




All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

-Abraham Lincoln




A mother’s most paramount gift is their guidance. It was my mother who provided me with her guidance when I was unsure what to do. When I was drowning in confusion; when nothing was comprehensible. I knew that my mother would open her heart and share her love and guidance. There was no other time that I was so dire for the need of my mother’s guidance, for I had learned I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I felt lost and confused, for I thought dyslexia was a bad thing. I laid on my bed thinking that I’m stupid, and my began to cry. My mom rushed to my room to help me, and there she laid beside me for hours telling me I’m her son and sun. I didn’t matter that the doctor said I’d struggle, It didn’t matter that when I read I’d stutter, It didn’t matter that kids thought I was stupid. What only mattered was that my mother would give me unconditional love, support and guidance. Without my mother’s guidance I would have never have found a passion for language and learning, so without her guidance I may have turned out to be the dumb kid that I imagined I would have become when I laid in my bed all alone.

What Do You Want To Become

How Can You Make a Difference 




“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world.”

-Heidi Wills


“What do you want to be when you grow up,” some random stranger asked me. My seven year old self says, “I wanna be an astronaut.” My dream of becoming an astronaut ended in the third grade, and that happened when I learned about frightening training astronauts must go through in order to get launched into the deep unknown.

As I grow older and older, and more realistic with myself I tend to give up on more and more things. The question, “What do you want to be when you grow up.” Has always frustrated me to the fullest extent, and the reason why, well I could never answer it. I always would give up on myself, and I’d always think of the future. “Am I going to make enough money.” I always asked myself, but the less and less I thought of the future, the more I understood of what I wanted to do.

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A Life of Adventure


A Pirate’s Life is For Me



It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.

-Steve Jobs



In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sayer, written by Mark Twain, I was asked to find a theme, and write a reflection on it. In chapters 5-10 there were many themes, but one theme in particular really stood out to me since I was able to relate to it, and that themes was adventure. Tom wonders on what he would do if he left his dull life behind in St.Petersburg Missouri, and thoughts lead him to think. Would he join the army and go to war, join the Indians and hunt down buffalos, but all of a sudden a stupendous idea comes to his mind.

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Tom Sayer and Me


A Trip Down Memory Lane 



“A boy’s story is the best that is ever told”

-Samuel Dickens


In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sayer, written by Mark Twain many passages in the first chapter reminded me a lot of my younger self. Before being disciplined at Fenn, I was a young and crazy child. I like Tom Sayer saw no interest in school, and I hated to do work.

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Windsor Mountain Reflection


Windsor Mountain, a Life Changing Experience




“I feel like we’re the frat”




My opponent, a man who tours over me like the Burj Khalifa tours over Dubai. We come face to face like the UFC fighters, yet this is not a brutal UFC fight. It is a game of ping pong. His huge intimidating frame towers over me, and I hear him say in a pleasant Australian accent say, “Ready to lose mate?” Due to his huge size and skill with the paddle. I knew I would have to switch up my style of play. Unlike the other days were the heavens opened up and let fall endless sheets of bombarding rain, for today was the day any golfer desires. He hits the little orange ball with as much force as football player hits his opponent. I am close to defeat, for it would take a miracle for me to win this match. The game ends, but I played a respectful game by losing by six points. Throughout my time at Windsor Mountain I faced many challenges, but I had to learn to overcome them.

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Fenn’s Basketball Courts

It’s Never too Late to Start Something New


I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

-Micheal Jordan 


It all started on a Thursday, when I; a 4th grader with long blonde hair entered the new gym with my big brother, Walker Davey. I was only interested in one sport, and that sport was soccer. I’d played ever since I could walk, and I never really played any other ball like sport other than soccer. The gym the court was divided in two. One side playing soccer; the sport I passionately loved. The other playing a sport I was unfamiliar with, basketball. Sure, I had watched LeBron James fabled skills on television, but I’d never really played the sport. Walker asked to the me, “Have you ever shot a basketball before?” I simply replied, “never” Walker handed the me a basketball. It was about the same size of a soccer ball , but the texture of the ball was very different. He then said, “Shoot it.” Without any experience of basketball, I shot the basketball. It was a horrendous shot, and I terribly missed. “I’ll never be good at basketball.” I said to myself, but I didn’t know that soon I would have to play basketball 


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Imagine If the Soviet Union Reunified Today

A Former Superpower Reunified 



If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they aespouse.” -Cory Booker

 Imagine this year all fifteen countries part the once Global Superpower Soviet Union reunified today. What would be the case of the geography, government, religion, economy, influence, and military of the Soviet Union. Would all hell break loose, and would Democracy’s begin to panic. Would there be a possibility a of a Third World War?

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