The adventure of Tom Sawyer
The adventure of Tom Sawyer is a novel by Mark Twain published in 1876.
Being one of the most well-know names of American writers in China, Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), who is best known for his humorous and satirical writings. The great American humorist and storyteller was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835 and brought up near a small Mississippi river town Hannibal, which serves as the model of St. Petersburg, the idyllic town where the story of the adventure of Tom Sawyer unfolds. The life in the southern frontier town greatly influences the writing of Mark Twain and the story of Tom Sawyer is just the reflection of Mark Twain’s childhood as the author tells us at the preface.
Tom Sawyer is the leading character of the adventure of Tom Sawyer, a mischief, imaginative yet clever boy who lives with his Aunt Polly in St. Petersburg. He is zeal for adventure and always dreaming to live a life of a pirate. The first adventure takes place accidentally when Tom and Huckleberry Finn, the lazy and free son of the town drunk, sneak to the graveyard at night. There they witness a murder by Injun Joe, who trickily makes Muff Potter his scapegoat. Extremely scared, the boys run away and vow not to tell the murder. When Tom, Huck and Joe Harper run away to an island to be pirates, the second adventure begins. The tow people consider the three drowned and hold a funeral for the three during which they appear and surprise everyone. Back in town, Tom rejoices with his lover Becky Thatcher, who breaks with Tom before he adventures to the island, by taking class punishment for her. Later, Muff Potter is accused of murder yet Tom stands out and tells the truth out of conscience. Thus, he becomes the hero of the town but Injun Joe flees. Once more, Tom and Huck adventure to a haunted house for buried treasure, where they encounter Injun Joe who disguises as a deaf and mute Spaniard and dig out the gold without noticing the boys. At a town inn, Huck traces Injun Joe and comes across Injun Joe??s plan to kill the kind Widow Douglas, who is then saved thanks to Huck??s foretelling of the evil plan. Meanwhile, Tom and Becky go picnic in McDougal??s Cave where they go lost and Tome sees Injun Joe.