Tom Sawyer Literary Analysis


         Elliot J and Connor S


   8th grade English

Tom Sawyer Analysis

The Fenn School 


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer                    

An analysis of adolescence in the 1840s. 




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“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it”
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer





Everyone has gone through adolescence, it’s a complicated time.  It appears to be similar in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. However much a troublemaker that he is,Tom Sawyer is also going through adolescence. Because he seems to be “chasing” Becky, not saying that it’s a serious thing, it’s as stupid and awkward as a middle school dance. But that’s what is a  prominent amount theme in this book, because even though we’re separated by 170 years, things are still nearly the same, schools are much stricter, with Tom and other children getting smacked and the like. Church is also ten times worse, because it’s two hours of Sunday school, then four of worship. But one thing is  still the same, and that is the way the children, including Tom  act. Especially when he first properly introduced himself to Becky at school, already seemingly infatuated with her:

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Remaking a Grade at Camp Belknap





 Takeaways from Camp Belknap

Establishing a Legacy on lake Winnipesaukee.

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Being good to someone is a wonderful legacy to leave behind”

-Taylor Swift (Don’t worry, I’m not a fan)

     It should be the goal of every “Senior” class, to become a tight knit, friendly class. It was about to be lights out at camp Belknap, as my classmates and I talked, a thought that had crossed my mind twice already popped up. It had came up during lunch, and during the ropes course. Why have I not talked to these people before? I never considered that I would have anything good to talk about with them. But here I was, talking to people I had hardly talked to before. At Camp Belknap on our ninth grade class trip at the beginning of our freshman year, I learned that our grade needs to adapt to it’s new size, I learned that we need to have a successful 9th grade year in order to be remembered as a good grade, and I learned that you can make new friends out of people you’ve hardly talked to before.


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Rip Van Winkle and His Escape From “Opression”

Rip Van Winkle


“Rip ... was one of those happy mortals of foolish, well-oiled dispositions, who ... would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound.”



All of us have felt that a situation has been unfair against us. We have felt bound and controlled by a tyrannical dictator. Even though in some cases it is no less than our mom telling us to do the dishes. In Rip Van Winkle’s case, in the short story Rip Van Winkle, he is bounded by marriage, and is depressed, especially when it comes to his wife. Washington Irving, creates a sad and depressing mood in the first half of the story. Rip’s only solace from the discomfort of his marriage is his walking to the Kaatskill mountains with his dog. Irving shows this in scrutinizing detail, so from the very beginning it is clear that Rip doesn’t have a very good life.

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