Heroism In The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

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The book is called The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. It is about a boy named Tom Sawyer who goes on many adventures and encounters a lot of conflicts throughout the book. He becomes friends with multiple colorful characters along the way who influence who he is from start to finish. “In order to make a man or boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain,” this is a quote by Tom Sawyer who is the main character in the story. It means to get someone to take something from you, you have to make it hard to get. Tom uses this to his advantage in one scene of the book to trade the job of whitewashing his fence, a chore he didn’t want to do, for miscellaneous items as people walked by and he got to sit in…show more content…
At the beginning of the book, Tom was a crafty, mischievous character that would get what he wanted. At the end of the book, he was a better person and was more friendly towards other people and he had a better conscientious. He was less of an egotistical person and more of an understanding one when his guilty conscience helped him see a better way of living by being kinder to people. In taking Becky Thatcher’s punishment, Tom shows a heroism that was unlike what he was showing at the beginning of the novel. “I done it!” The school stared in perplexity at this incredible folly. Tom stood a moment, to gather his dismembered facilities; and when he stepped forward to go to his punishment the surprise, the gratitude, the adoration that shone on him out of poor Becky’s eyes seemed pay enough for a hundred floggings” (page 127). This is an example of how he treats Becky better and how he earned her admiration by taking her punishment for tearing the teacher’s book. Tom wouldn’t have done that at the beginning of the book when they fight and that shows a gradual change taking place. His braveness and chivalry, however, represents a more mature version of the meaning of concern for others and helping them out when Tom refuses to give up looking for the way out of the cave. “(He proposed to explore another passage. He felt willing to risk Injun Joe and all other terrors.) But Becky was…show more content…
Tom begins to change once he witnesses it. His anxiety and guilt about Muff Potter’s fate are clear in the scenes he tries to get Huck to reconsider their vow to secrecy. The decision he finally makes (the decision to tell the courtroom about how the murder really went) is independent by every implication, however. Tom decides to follow his conscience despite his devotion to his loyalty to Huck, his superstition, and his own personal safety. Before the courtroom, Muff Potter tells Tom and Huck “You’ve been mighty good to me boys-better’n anybody else in this town. And I don’t forget it, I don’t. Often I says to myself , says I, ‘I used to mend all the boys’ kites and things, and show ‘em where the good fishing places was, and befriend ‘em what I could, and now they’ve all forgot old Muff when he’s in trouble; but Tom don’t, and Huck don’t-they don’t forget him, says I, ‘and I don’t forget them’ (page 140). This shows Muff Potter is glad that Tom and Huck come to visit him even though everyone thinks he’s the murderer. Tom and Huck don’t forget him when he is supposed to be in trouble and that’s another example of Tom’s guilty conscience making him help Muff Potter out and becoming a finer friend to help others. During the courthouse, Tom stands up and reports what really happened at the graveyard. Muff Potter was glad Tom saved his life. Mark Twain writes “Daily Muff Potter’s gratitude
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