Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This a book review of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

In this light-hearted story Tom Sawyer does many things that most little boys do, such as catching bugs, getting into fights with other boys, and developing crushes on girls. But the book isn't built on those innocent times alone, it has it's share of serious and dark moments. Like when Tom and Becky are lost in McDougal's cave, sitting in the complete darkness hungry and scared, just praying that somebody will come to rescue them.

 Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and his little brother Sidney. Aunt Polly is often portrayed as a strict woman who doesn't care about Tom in the least, but deep down she really does love Tom. This becomes apparent after Tom run away from home to become a pirate because he felt unloved. After Tom, as well as Huck and Joe Harper, have been missing for some time and are proclaimed dead is when Aunt Polly's true feelings about Tom surface.

 One of Tom's best friends is the one and only Huckleberry Finn. Huck is a boy who is admired by most of the other boys in the village, for he does not go to school or attend church. Huck is constantly with Tom throughout the course of the story, but there is one point where it switches to Huck's point of view. During this portion, Huck manages to prevent Widow Douglas from being murdered by calling upon the Welshman and his sons to scare off the would be killers.

 On many different occasions, Tom and Huck run into Injun Joe, a man who has killed five people. The first of these encounters is while the boys are in the graveyard late at night, where Joe is seen disposing of a body. Joe is accompanied by two men, Muff Potter and Dr. Robinson, both of whom Joe kills before finally leaving. By some miracle, Joe never finds Tom or Huck during any of these encounters. At a later time, Joe is captured and put on trial, where Tom is called as a witness. As he described the scene, Joe manages to get away. Joe is also the man who attempts to take Widow Douglas' life. Fortunately, this murderer meets his demise after being sealed inside McDougal's cave.

This novel is one of many lessons, but only one fits it perfectly. That one is: life will always be a roller coaster with lots of ups and downs. This applies to the majority of the moments in the book. High points like Tom finding the treasure deep within McDougal's cave and Tom and Becky finding their way out of the cave,and low points like Tom feeling unloved and Huck being unhappy being forced to go to school and attend church are some of the best examples of this.

In conclusion,” The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is a trip back to the innocence of childhood that has a very important message. Although there are many points in the story that seem to just drag on, we at Englishprep.com highly recommend this book to children and adults alike, especially if the adults need to be reminded of their childhood.