The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Summary

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer revolves around the youthful adventures of the schoolboy, Tom Sawyer, whose reputation precedes him for causing mischief and strife. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, cousin Mary and sid in the quaint town of St. Petersburg, just off the shore of the Mississippi River. Unlike his brother Sid, Tom receives beatings from his Aunt Polly; ever the mischief-maker, would rather play hooky than attend school and often sneaks out his bedroom window at night to adventure with his friend, Huckleberry Finn, the town's social outcast. Tom, despite his awful schooling, is extremely clever and would normally get away with his pranks until sid tells it to aunt polly. As punishment, Aunt Polly assigns Tom the work of whitewashing the fence surrounding the house. With a brilliant idea, Tom is able to fool his friends to complete the work assigned to him, managing to convince them of the joys of whitewashing. At school, Tom is equally as good, and attracts attention by chasing other boys, yelling, and running around. With his usual tactics, Tom attempts to catch the eye of one girl in particular: Becky Thatcher, the Judge's daughter. When he first sees her, Tom immediately falls in love with Becky. After winning her over, Tom suggests that they should get engaged." But when Tom accidentally tells that he has been engaged before to Amy Lawrence, he ruins his relationship with Becky and becomes heartbroken.

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in the small river town of Florida, Missouri, just 200 miles from Indian Territory. The sixth child of John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton, Twain lived in Florida, Missouri until the age of four, at which time his family relocated to Hannibal in hopes of improving their living situation. In his youth, Twain was a mischievous boy Twain's formal schooling ended after age 12, because his father passed away. In 1869 he published his first book of travel letters entitled Innocents Abroad. By 1885, Twain was considered one the greatest character writers in the literary community. Twain died on April 21, 1910.

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