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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Thesis Statement: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s best novel because of its use of satire, imagery and symbolism.

Tom Sawyer, the main character of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain is an average boy who is bored with his cultured life and escapes these constraints by pulling pranks to other people. He is presented as a realistic and convincing boy. He is kind and loving, but also cruel, stupid and insincere. Tom’s adventures offered him the freedom he longed for and a chance to discover his own moral conscience while escaping the rules of society and acceptable behavior. But in the end, Tom adheres to society rules and limitations and becomes a responsible person with a desire to be a part of society. Mark Twain used symbols in the Novel, here are some of the symbols and how it was portrayed in the novel. First is Moral and Social Growth, these two aspects of Tom’s growth deal directly with his symbolic and actual withdraw from society. When he leaves town and hides out on Jackson’s Island with his pirates, his departure prepares him to return with a more mature outlook. His adventures changed too following that initial departure from society, he went on an unintentionally dangerous outing with Becky Thatcher to the cave, and when he emerges, it’s clear Tom has undergone a rebirth. At the beginning of the novel, Tom looked up to Huck as more mature, but it is clear that by the end of the novel Tom’s maturity has surpassed Huck’s. Why else would he be so insistent Huck stay with the Widow Douglas in order to become civilized. Next is the Cave, in here, what awaits Tom and Becky when they become lost in the cave’s underground passageways is a huge unknown in their young lives. While lost, they are removed from society and preparing to emerge with new perspectives, just as they move out of the shadows and into new, fresh light. Because Tom shows himself he can survive based on his...
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