Tom SawyerTom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer is a boy who is full of adventures.
In his world there is an adventure around every corner. Some of his adventures
have lead him into some bad situations but with his good heart and bright
mind he has gotten out of them. Tom lives with his aunt Polly, his cousin
Mary and his bother Sid.
One of the first things to happen in the
book is a memorable one, the painting of the fence. Tom’s aunt Polly made
Tom paint her fence on a Saturday as a punishment. Tom just hated the idea
of having to work on a Saturday while all of the neighborhood could make
fun of and harass him. After Tom tried to trade some of his possessions
for a few hours of freedom he had a stroke of genius, instead of him paying
people to work for him, he made people pay him to paint. Tom managed this
by telling people that it isn’t every day that you get a chance to paint
a fence and he thought it was fun. He had people begging him to paint by
the time that he was finished his story. He would have taken every boy
in the town’s wealth if he had not run out of paint.
On June 17th about the hour of midnight,
Tom and his best friend Huck were out in the grave yard trying to get rid
of warts, when they witnessed a murder by Injun Joe. At the time Muff Potter
was drunk and asleep so Injun Joe blamed the murder him (Muff Potter).
They knew if crazy Injun Joe found out they knew, he would for sure kill
them. Tom wrote on a wooden board “Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer swear to keep
mum about this and they wish they may drop down dead in their tracks if
they ever tell and rot”, then in their own blood they signed their initials
TS and HF.
A few days after that incident Tom, Huck
and Joe decided to go and become pirates because no one cared for their
company anymore. They stole some food and supplies and then they stole
a raft and paddled to an island in the middle of the Mississippi River.
They stayed and pirated for several days, then they all became so home
sick that they could not bear it anymore. The next day Tom, Huck, and Joe
showed up for their own funerals and there was much thanks and praise.
The next big event in the town was the
trial of Muff Potter for the murder in the graveyard. The whole town believed
Injun Joe, and poor Muff was sent to a temporary jail cell for a week.
At the end of the week he was to be hung unless some one in court had proved
him innocent. While Muff was in jail temporarily he was not alone. Every
day Tom and Huck would go and talk to him through the jail cell bars and
on occasion bring him food. On the last day of court, to everyone’s surprise
they called Tom Sawyer to the stand. Then the man asked him where he was
on the 17th of June he said “In the graveyard”. Then when he asked who
he saw do it he said with all his courage he said “Muff didn’t do it. It
was Injun Joe!” and with that Injun Joe jumped out the window and ran away.
Tom and Huck decided that they wanted to
become rich so they went to go and find buried treasure. Tom and Huck dug
under trees all day and night but found nothing, then Tom said that they
should go and dig for treasure in a haunted house. They went back two days
later and went to a haunted house. Both the boys were scared but they both
went inside anyway. The boys dared each other to go upstairs, so of course
they went up and looked in closets for treasure but found nothing. Suddenly
the boys heard two men talking and then come inside. Both of the boys got
down on the floor and then they heard the voice again, it was Injun Joe.
Injun Joe and the other man had a bag of money and decided to bury it there.
Tom and Huck could hardly contain themselves because they would steal it
as soon as Injun Joe left. Injun Joe was digging a hole with his knife
when he hit something, it was a box of money. Injun Joe decided to take
all of the treasure and hide it in number two under the cross. When Injun
Joe and the other man left Tom and Huck were furious because they thought
that all of the treasure was rightfully their’s.
A few days later Becky had her long awaited
picnic, and they all went to McDougals cave. Tom showed Becky around and
while they were exploring they got lost, with only a small slice of cake
to eat that Tom had shoved in his pocket the day before along with several
candles. When the town saw they were not in church the next morning they
realized that they must have forgotten them. Tom and Becky were too far
down for the search party to find with no food left and no candles. Tom
and Becky sat by a small stream because they were tired from exploring
and had no light. By that time Becky had became ill and it was up to Tom
to find the way out. While Tom was looking for a way out he ran into Injun
Joe who ran off when he herd Tom yell for help. Tom ran away also because
he feared Injun Joe would kill him. Tom did find a way out through a small
opening that lead out to the Mississippi River. Tom went back and got Becky
and he lead her out of the cave and eventually got her home safely.
At the same time that Tom was in the cave
with Becky, Huck was watching a tavern where Injun Joe was watching to
see if he would lead him to the treasure. When Huck has just about given
up, Injun Joe and another man left the tavern with so bags. Huck followed
them to Widow Douglas’ house and listened in on their plan. Injun Joe was
going to hurt Widow Douglas because of what her deceased husband did to
him. Once Huck had heard the plan he ran to the Welshman’s house and he
told the story to him. Old Welshman and his sons went to Widow Douglas’s
house with their guns and had a shootout with Injun Joe and his partner.
In the end no one was hurt and Injun Joe and his partner escaped.
A few days later Tom was at Becky’s house
where everyone was celebrating the return of him and Becky. Becky’s father
was talking with Tom when he mentioned that he had the entrance on the
cave closed off so that no one would ever get lost in it again. Tom’s face
went totally white. Becky’s father asked him what was wrong he said that
Injun Joe was still in the cave. Not long after all of the men went to
the cave to investigate. They made the gruesome discovery of Injun Joe’s
body. He had made his way to the gate but he could not get it unlocked,
he had starved to death. Tom was finally at ease, and now he was ready
to go treasure hunting again.
A few days later Tom was allowed to see
Huck once again and he brought him up to date on his adventures. Tom told
Huck that he knew where the treasure was an now all they had to do was
go and get it. Huck agreed to the plan and the both of the gathered the
supplies that they needed and then stole a raft. Tom took Huck down the
river to the same place where he had gotten out of the cave before and
they both went inside. Tom took Huck to the place where he ran into Injun
Joe and the started looking for “number two”. Not after long Tom and Huck
found a roman numeral two written in smoke on the cave wall. Under the
number two there was a cross. Tom and Huck were ecstatic, they started
to dig and Tom hit some boards. Tom took the boards out, and then a ditch
was revealed. Tom and Huck crawled into the ditch and followed it as it
turned into a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel there was a cave. In the
cave was the money, some food, guns, and some blankets and other clothing.
Tom and Huck filled the bags that they had brought with them with the money
and got out of the cave. Tom and Huck paddled their raft back home and
put their money in a wagon.
Tom and Huck then pulled the wagon to Mrs
Widow Douglas’s house. There they were ushered inside by the old Welshman,
and were told to go upstairs and change there cloths. They did so, and
when they came down stairs they were informed that the party was for Huck
to thank him for saving Widow Douglas’ life. During the party Widow Douglas
said that Huck was going to live with her and he was going to grow up the
way that he should. Then Tom exploded and said that Huck did not need Widow
Douglas, because he was rich. At this comment the room burst into laughter.
Tom said that he and Huck would prove it and went outside. When Tom and
Huck returned they were carrying two large bags. Tom and Huck walked to
the table and dumped the bags, they were full of money. Everyone was shocked,
Tom and Huck explained their latest adventure and then the money was divided
evenly. Both of the boy’s money was deposited in a bank, and rationed out
to them a dollar and a quarter per week. This is basically how the story
I liked the way that the author seems
to stay in the story the entire way and is adding things as you go along.
I liked the way that the author uses his
own memories and uses actual places and events to make his book seem more
I had no dislikes about this book I think
that it is a very good story and is written very well.