The Glorious Whitewasher Analysis

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The author uses inner thinking and dialogue techniques to reveal Tom’s mindset throughout this excerpt. In the excerpt, “The Glorious Whitewasher”, a young boy named Tom Sawyer, made his punishment seem like fun to the neighborhood boys. Tom’s mindset from the beginning to the end of the excerpt changed when he was able to fool Ben Rogers to do his bidding, without him realizing it. This led to Tom doing something to whole neighborhood boys, without him not realizing it too. Whitewashing turned into a game for the neighborhood boys. In the beginning, Tom’s mindset was annoyed because he was bounded by work, when he would rather do something adventurous. The author uses inner thinking to provide the context/background information, and to stir empathy in the beginning to prove the point. For example, in the text it say, “ Soon the free boys would come tripping…show more content…
That's because, Tom tricked Ben Roger into thinking that whitewashing is actual fun and made him do Tom’s work. For instance, in the excerpt it says, “ ‘like it? Well, I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash fence every day?’ That put the thing in a new light”. This quote shows, how Tom is trying to changed Ben’s perspective of work in Ben’s mind, implanting the idea that whitewashing could actually be something fun. Later as the story comes to an end, author uses inner thinking to support the theme, show resolution, and Tom’s motivation. As the excerpt ends, Tom deceived all of the neighborhood boys to do his bidding, without them realizing. Another example is, in the text it says, “If he hadn’t run out of whitewash he would have bankrupted every boy in the village. Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all”. This shows how Tom’s mindset changed from being annoyed in the beginning to a trickster, who deceived all the neighborhood
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