The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
Concept Analysis Literary Text: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Bantam Classic 2004 edition)
Summary and Organization:
This book tells the story of a boy named Tom and his experiences and interactions as a youth in America in the mid to late 1800s. The book includes stories about Tom fighting with other boys in town, getting in trouble with his caretaker Aunt Polly and pursuing a girl named Becky. Experiences in school and church as well as among peers highlight the chapters of Tom Sawyer’s adventures. Tom is heartbroken after Becky refuses his proposal. He wants to be a pirate. Tom and his friend Huck become witnesses to a murder in the graveyard by Injun Joe. As pirates Tom, Huck and Joe adventure to Jackson Island. After the town searches for the lost boys and return without success, they presume the three are dead. Tom, Huck and Joe startle the town when they walk in on their own funeral. Tom saves Becky from punishment at school. He also risks his safety in revealing Muff Potter’s innocence in relation to the murder by Injun Joe. He becomes a town hero. Tom and Huck look for buried treasure and overhear Injun Joe’s plot and learn of hidden fortune. Huck saves the Widow Douglas and Tom and Becky become lost in a cave. Tom sees Injun Joe in the cave and after exhausting all of his resources, Tom goes in search of an escape alone. He finds an outlet and returns to free Becky. The town is relieved when Tom and Becky return safely. Injun Joe dies when he is accidently sealed in the cave for weeks without food or water. Tom and Huck go back to the cave and find the hidden treasure and become wealthy. In the end, Huck rejects a civilized way of living and only agrees to endure the Widow Douglas’ hospitality on the condition of being a member of Tom Sawyer’s Gang. This book is organized into 35 chapters. The titles for each chapter suggest the content of the plot. It is written as a sequential story so it is easy to...