The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer – Tribulations
Mark Twain uses “The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer” to reveal his own childhood. In the preface Mark Twain states “Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from real life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual – he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture.” This is Mark Twain’s “The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer”. From this point we begin our tour through the Adventures Of Tom Sawyer’s life, accompanied by his friends. It is the story about life in a boys’ world and it discloses feelings of Mark Twain concerning his boyhood, his town and the people there.
Tom Sawyer was a boy but not a genus that would describe good children as the protagonists. Tom Sawyer was a fiend yet he was never malicious, but always up to a trick or a practical joke of some kind. During the years that we view Tom Sawyer, a multitude of events had occurred. All of which are recorded in Mark Twain’s style. Mark Twain composes in a picaresque style, Tom Sawyer’s adventures being set out in an episodic journalistic report by Mark Twain. In “The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer,” Tom Sawyer, the lead character is seen as the protagonist, the hero of the story. “The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer,” also fits into the genres of satire, frontier literature, folk narrative and comedy.
Every adventure is new and more stimulating than the prior episode. These adventures are from an adult who views the adult world critically and looks back on the sentiments and past times of childhood in a somewhat idealized manner, with wit and also in a nostalgic way. Critics have suggested several other sources for the novel, including South Western humorist, George W. Harris. This is an example of “escapism” from a society that Mark Twain had felt alienated from. Set in the old South West, in an almost poverty stricken shabby town, called St. Petersburg.