Book report on the adventure of Tom Sawyer
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The novel the adventure of Tom Sawyer is a world literature masterpiece. It was
written by Mark Twain and published by Beijing Qinghua University Publishing Company in 2008.
1. About the Author
Mark Twain(1835-1910),the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He was an American famous humor master, novelist and humorist, as well as a renowned speaker, who won a worldwide audience for his novels of the adventures of Tom Sawyer and
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was considered about The Lincoln of
American Literature. Helen Keller once said, “I like Mark Twain- who does not like
him? Even God will like him, give him wisdom, and drawing out their hearts in a rainbow of love and faith.” William Faulkner said that Mark Twain is “the first real
American writer, we are inheriting him”.
Mark Twain was born in the town of Florida, Missouri, in 1835. When he was four years old, his family moved to Hannibal, a town on the Mississippi River which provided him inspiration to his two most famous novels, The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He was the sixth
child among his other six brothers and sisters, but there were only two of his sisters and brothers stayed alive after their hard childhood. Twain was lived in a poor family. His father, who worked as a local judge, died when Twain was 12, left the family in hardship. From then on, Twain has worked as a printer, river pilot and so on. The poor life and long-term work in his childhood not only accumulated abundant materials, but also built up a justice in his mind.
His life on the river ended when the Civil War broke out. He joined a battle, but soon found that he was unable to stand himself to end up others’ lives, so he left. He went
west with his brother Orion, working first as a silver miner in Nevada and then stumbling into his true calling, journalism. In 1863, Clemens began to sign articles with the pen name Mark Twain. During that time, he wrote many works, which mainly based on his experience during his childhood and his hard working life.
In 1868, he fell in love with Olivia Langdon in the first sight. And his long-term hard working on writing made him succeed and offered him enough financial security to marry Olivia Langdon in New York City in 1870. His first son Langdon died of illness when he was 19 months old. A year later, Twain moved his family to Hartford, Connecticut, where his wife gave birth to three children. Their marriage had lasted for 34 years until Olivia died in 1904.
Between 1876 and 1884 he published several masterpieces, The adventures of Tom
Sawyer (1881) and The Prince and The Pauper (1881). Life on the Mississippi
appeared in 1883 and The adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1884. In 1890,Twain
lost most of his earnings in financial speculations and in the failure of his own publishing firm. In order to get out of this position, Twain began a world lecture tour, he toured New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa. During this period, he wrote many books such as The Tragedy of Pudd’head Wilson (1884), Personal
ecollections of Joan Of Arc(1885), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court(1889)
and the travel book Following the Equator (1897). During his long writing career,
Twain also produced a considerable number of essays.
2,A Summary of the Novel
The main character Tom Sawyer was a twelve-year-old and clever but piquant boy, brought up by his aunt Polly. He always play all kinds of tricks, however, he could also find excuses to get away from the punishment. He was filled with curiosity and
like study and often tried to find some reasons to skip school creative ideas. He didn’t
to go fishing or play with the homeless boy Huckleberry Finn. But he was kind and full of justice, he would behave like a hero while other so-called top student wouldn’t.
He even fell in love with Becky Thatcher, a new-coming girl, at first sight. Fortunately Becky gave active respond to him.
Hunk Finn is Tom’s best friend, his father is a guzzler and always beats his mother and him. So he usually lives outside, with low-level education.
One midnight, Tom and Huck made an appointment to go to the burial ground and accidentally found that Dr. Robinson was killed by Injun Joe during a grave robbing attempt. Muff Potter, also took part of the robbing, became a scapegoat for Injun Joe. Tom and Huck were too scared, so they ran away quickly and swore to keep silent about what they had seen.
After that event, Tom felt guilty for not telling others the truth. In order to get rid of this feel, Tom, Huck and another friend, Joe Harper, decided to go to the Jackson’s
Island. There they lived as pirates, playing day and night. But after a few days, they began to miss their families and wanted to go back.
On the other hand, the people in the town all thought these kids were dead. When they were holding funerals for these kids, the kids came back, which surprised all the people especially the Aunt Polly. The kids were treated as heroes by all of their friends. Soon the murder trial started in the court. Tom felt uneasy and guilty. Finally he overcame the fear of Joe and told people the truth. But Joe ran away, which made Tom afraid.
Later during the picnic, Tom and Becky got lost in a cave. They found Joe using the cave as a hideout by accident. Fortunately, they weren’t be noticed by Joe. The two
kids were trapped in the cave for nearly about three days. Finally Tom found an exit and save Becky to go outside. In order to stop others from getting lost in the cave again, the people in the country plugged up the exit. A week later, Tom took Huck back to the cave. They found a box of gold, also found Joe died of starvation. At last, they separated the money and became rich. Meanwhile Huck is adopted by Widow Douglas.
3. My Review about the Novel
The adventures of Tom Sawyer is based on Twain’s early life around the Mississippi
thriver. The background of this story is the 19 century in the Mississippi River of st.
Petersburg. The main character Tom is a clever boy, like most of us, he prefer to play outside rather than study at school. He could make a boring task into a funny one. His life is full filled with fantastic ideas and funny things.
When I first read the novel, there is a scene that Tom was punished to paint the fence, of course it is a hard and boring work, but Tom pretended to paint it happily and cheated a friend of him to help him paint the fence and even offer his apple to Tom. It made me laughed heavily. How clever the boy is. This simple but typical scene makes the novel more attractive, leaving a deep impression in our mind. When I finished reading the last page, my whole head was filled with the amazing life of Tom Sawyer. Everyone in his childhood may have such an experience, playing outside is certainly more interesting than facing to the homework. To make our dreams come true is obviously more attractive than behave as what our parents want us to behave.
The adventures of Tom Sawyer can easily evoke memories of my youth. I spend my
whole childhood living in a peaceful country. At my childhood, my parents didn’t pay
too much attention to my study. So I usually play with my friends nearby, we caught der hummers in summers, baked sweet potatoes in winters. Though the result is not always perfect, the process is joyful. That’s its charm—easily evokes the readers’
memories about their childhood.
The author aims not only to evoke the readers’ memories of their youth, but also want
to show a new life style of the children. Unlike to go to the church to make the boring pray, Tom chooses to make his dream of being a pirate come true. The author had successfully built up a character who is unsatisfied with the ordinary life and tried to realize his own dreams. Every new idea come out will be defeated by others, because it is not sure whether it’s true or not and a new idea come out means an old idea will fide away. So to create a new idea is difficult, to realize it is even harder. But Tom did it.
According to Tom’s story, what impressed me most was the moment when Tom
fingered Joe as a murder. After all, he is a child, no money, no energy, though he can always get rid of punishments with different excuses, he is still a child and fear to get retaliation from Joe. So when he finally took heart of grace to point the true murder, he gained my appreciation as well.
I deeply believed that even if your childhood is difficult, you will also recollect it happily. Who hasn't made a silly matter in the childhood? When you gradually grow up, you will treasure these silly matters as a precious memory.
As far as I am concerned, there are many ways to live in the childhood, to study hard in the book room, to dance and sing in the art room, or to play outside to gain much joy. No matter in which type, the most important is to live a rich life.