Fitz 8th Grade English
Tom Sawyer Analysis Essay
Maturity from Experience
"THAT score is settled—damn you."
Then he robbed the body. After which he put the fatal knife in Potter's open right hand, and sat down on the dismantled coffin. Three—four—five minutes passed, and then Potter began to stir and moan. His hand closed upon the knife; he raised it, glanced at it, and let it fall, with a shudder. Then he sat up, pushing the body from him, and gazed at it, and then around him, confusedly. His eyes met Joe's.
"Lord, how is this, Joe?" he said.
"It's a dirty business," said Joe, without moving.
"What did you do it for?"
"I! I never done it!"
"Look here! That kind of talk won't wash."
Potter trembled and grew white.”
Tom and Huck, talking to each other while dashing through the forest, crunching on the stale leaves of fall. They come to a silence, and hear other unfamiliar voices coming from their destination, the graveyard. The voices were soon recognized as soon as they could could see the talkers' faces. Doctor Robinson, Muff Potter and Injun Joe were the mysterious voices. As their talking drew on, it grew into an argument and then the grudges came out as Injun Joe went to strike Dr. Robinson. The Doctor hit Muff Potter over the head with the tomb stone. As Muff Potter fell, he dropped his knife. Injun Joe saw his chance and lunged for the knife, gripped it and plunged it into Doctor Robinson. Injun Joe Huck and Tom mustered up all of the courage they had and held this secret between the two of them.
Maturity is important in life. Tom Sawyer has greatly matured over the course of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Being mature can raise other peoples' view of you and earn you more respect. Tom Sawyer has started to earn respect by becoming more mature. In chapter 10, Tom and Huckleberry Finn have just witnessed a murder at the graveyard. Seeing anything like that will force anyone to become more mature.
"Huckleberry, what do you reckon'll come of this?"
"If Doctor Robinson dies, I reckon hanging'll come of it."
"Do you though?"
"Why, I KNOW it, Tom."
Tom thought a while, then he said:
"Who'll tell? We?"
"What are you talking about? S'pose something happened and Injun Joe DIDN'T hang? Why, he'd kill us some time or other, just as dead sure as we're a laying here."
"That's just what I was thinking to myself, Huck.”
Witnessing so harsh as a murder, you are forced to become more mature to be able to cope with seeing that much brutality. He is constantly getting more mature and gaining more respect, but he has also lost respect from all of his escapades and slacking. He is working to become more mature and grow up, but sometimes he goes about it in the wrong way and makes himself look very immature. He doesn't want to put in the work of earning respect and becoming more mature, which has prevented him thus far from becoming mature, but he is slowly becoming mature. Tom Sawyer is striving for maturity, but he might not be in the right path for it.
Adventures define who we are. Tom Sawyer is always on or planning an adventure. He is so curious that he can always something interesting to set out to find or test. In chapter 31 Tom and Becky go to McDougal cave to find treasure and run into Injun Joe. Injun Joe is sleeping and does not notice them. They are searching to find a way out and the find a little tunnel out.
“And if it had only happened to be night he would not have seen that speck of daylight and would not have explored that passage any more! He told how he went back for Becky and broke the good news and she told him not to fret her with such stuff, for she was tired, and knew she was going to die, and wanted to. He described how he labored with her and convinced her; and how she almost died for joy when she had groped to where she actually saw the blue speck of daylight; how he pushed his way out at the hole and then helped her out; how they sat there and cried for gladness; how some men came along in a skiff and Tom hailed them and told them their situation and their famished condition.”
[Tom Sawyer Chapter 32] Here Twain is emphasizing the importance of adventure; he is telling us that taking a risk and adventuring into someplace which you ordinarily wouldn't can affect a persons life greatly, and he uses McDougal Cave to emphasize that. Adventure has played a big part in Tom Sawyer's life, as it does, usually on a smaller scale, for most kids. Most major events in Tom Sawyer had to do with adventure, because young people love seeing what is in the world, and adventuring is the most fun way to do that.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a book that shows how people mature; and how people go on adventures and those experiences can help them become more mature, furthermore these perfectly used themes make this a great book.