The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
“Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engage in.” – Mark Twain
Quoted above is a statement Twain said in the preface of his book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The first time I read it, I was able to comprehend what Twain meant, but it did not make sense to me. But after reading the story, I was able to get full understanding on Twain’s message. I think Twain wants to remind adult readers that they were once children, even though his book are for little boys and girls. This message reminded me of a quote by Antoine-Saint de Exupery, “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”
I pondered upon this, and I think Twain is also leaving a message to us, the young readers. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer because he wants every youngster that reads his book enjoy his/her life as a child. The feeling of being carefree, happy, and loved should be tightly grabbed by the young readers the moment they feel it. Not letting those times slip away from them, because that’s the true meaning of being a kid.
Upon reading this book, I really laughed. Somehow, I could relate to some of Tom Sawyer’s adventures. At the same time, through the careful and vivid descriptions of the scenes in the story, I felt like I am a friend of Tom. The characters in the story, as depicted, were like our neighbors who are religious, kind-hearted, simple-mannered, attention-seeker or either violent. Twain’s unique idea was able to draw the attention of his readers. In addition, the fact that he used Tom as a symbol between the world of adults and children made me amused. Probably for the side of the adult-readers, they reminisce their childhood...
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