Character Analysis Of Tom

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List Tom’s three (four) most prominent personality traits, and use textual evidence to use as the basis for these choices. Venturesome: Willing to take risks or embark on difficult or unusual courses of action. Tom loves to “embark on unusual courses of action” quite often, whether he knows it or not. He is especially venturesome when he feels strong emotions. For example, when Tom gets beaten for the broken sugar pot that he didn’t break, he gets extremely angry. So angry, he considers killing himself, not out of sadness and despair, but out of revenge. He wants to kill himself several times just to make Aunt Polly regret punishing him. He also runs away to be pirates, mainly to see how Betty and the other girls would respond to a big, handsome,…show more content…
While Tom may not be the smartest academically, he is still very smart. He was able to not only successfully convince several kids to do his chores for him, he convinced them to pay to do so. Most kids our age don’t even know enough about physcology to even think that tricking kids into doing any chore would actually work, never mind being able to pull it off. Yet this kid from the 1800’s thinks it up on the spot. Tom also slips onto a ship, and sneaks back to his house. At his house, he sneaks in and under a bed in the middle of daylight, with people in the same room. Not only does it take a lot of physical ability, it takes a lot of mental ability too. He needs to perfectly understand his house, and route the entire trip out. He is smart enough to know that he can’t steal the ship all the way back to his island, and also to leave his possessions behind so Huck and Joe know exactly were he is. Aunt Polly also mentions in the first chapter: “He never uses the same trick twice in a row,” when he escapes punishment. He perfectly understands that doing a tactic will only work a few times before getting old, but he has enough ideas and tricks to use almost every time. So you can be like all of Tom’s teachers and see a troubled, stupid kid, or you can look at his work and realize all of his quick thinking and wits that make him an exceptionally smart…show more content…
Almost everything he does is over-done and exaggerated. He can’t fit in like everyone else, noo. He has to STAND OUT and be DIFFERENT. Running away isn’t enough. Nope. He has to sneak back to his house, then burst in at his own funeral and laugh at everyone. Just getting a bible most kids work years for isn’t enough. Tom has to get the bible in front of one of the most important person Tom has met so far. Liking a girl isn’t enough. Tom has to get engaged, pledge his eternal love, and kiss. Feeling sorry for himself isn’t enough. He has think about killing himself at a pretty girl’s gate to see her reaction and get her to notice him, and make Aunt Polly feel immensely guilty. See where this goes? Everything Tom does and thinks is dramatic and far more unrealistic than most kids. He has to do everything bigger and better than everyone else. He has to get noticed. Sounds almost like a certain few people in our grade, doesn’t
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