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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Whether or not many have read the book, Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” has been referenced numerous times in social media. It has been used in media in such formats as movies and cartoons. Because of this, many believe Tom Sawyer to be a children’s book, while others believe it to be a more literal adult influenced novel. With the many outside influences such as religion, writing styles, and the author’s opinions it can be argued that Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” can be seen as either a children’s book or an adult’s novel. Many believe it is more suited as an adult book.

The Influence of religion in any storyline can affect the plot greatly. “If we maintain the implicit conjunction between the Bible and Tom’s books, this can be read as a very serious critique of the abuses of religion” (McIntosh-Byrd 15). In his critique, Byrd states how religion is often seen as the only way to go. Many don’t know any different and therefore Byrd believes the book to be more centered on religion and its constant critique. “The fact that both of these scenes take place within the church in indicative of an implicit critique of the role of religion in St. Petersburg” (McIntosh-Byrd 15). Again here Byrd says that religion has changed the storyline somewhat. Because of these reasons it can be argued that Tom Sawyer is more suited for adults because adults can understand what Twain was trying to say more and he knew this by the way he wrote.

The different writing styles in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer change the audiences that the story appeals to. “These defects of structure would probably not appreciate the flexibility of the narrative, it’s easy, casual gait.” (Doren 431). From this view, Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” can be seen as more of a children’s book because of its easy going nature. The lack of responsibility in this book translates well to children. “But Tom’s energy did not last. He began to...
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