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Mark Twain wrote the novel, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, in 1876. The novel revolves around the life of a twelve year old boy, Tom Sawyer and all the troubles he causes to everyone around him.
The story starts with Tom Sawyer realizing that it was already a Monday morning. He was always miserable on Monday morning as he had to endure school for a whole week. Tom started thinking of the ways he could skip school by staying at home. Presently it occurred to him that he wished he was sick; then he could stay home from school. He started examining his body but no sickness caught his eye. He thought that he could detect stomachache but that feebly went away.
Suddenly he discovered something; one of his upper front teeth was loose. He sat up excited and was about to groan in pain when he realized that if he went to court with this argument his aunt would forcefully pull out the loose tooth. So he decided to not use the loose tooth as an excuse. Tom got miserable it’s no other ailments came to his mind he remembered something which a doctor had said.
A doctor had talked about some kind of illness which kept patients two or three weeks in bed. So the boy eagerly drew his sore toe from under the sheet and held it up for inspection. However he did not know the symptoms but he thought he could groan for a bit to draw attention. Tom Sawyer started groaning with a considerable spirit, but Sid slept on, snoring peacefully. Tom was panting with his exertions by this time.
He took a break and started groaning, passionately, in order to wake Sid up. But Sid snored all which made Tom aggravated. So Tom got hold of Sid, and jostled him, calling his name loudly. Sid yawned, stretched, then brought himself up on his elbow with a snort, and began to stare at Tom. Tom went on groaning. Sid was quite shaken to find Tom groaning and demanded of him why Tom didn’t wake him up earlier.
Tom Sawyer, panting out of breath, replied that he was going to die and didn’t have much time. Tom said, “I forgive you for everything, Sid. [Groan.] Everything you’ve ever done to me. When I’m gone…” Sid did not stay back to hear everything and grabbed his clothes and ran for aunt Polly. He flew downstairs and told aunt Polly that Tom Sawyer was dying. She refused to believe him but nonetheless, rushed upstairs to check up on Tom.
When she saw Tom groaning with pain, her face became visibly white and she inquired of him what was wrong. Tom replied that he was dying as my sore toe’s dying! Aunt Polly sat down on a chair and laughed and cried with a little bit of relief on hearing it. She knew that Tom was faking and told him to stop it. Tom urged that his toe was indeed sore which was why he ignored his loose tooth.
Aunt Polly demanded what was wrong with his tooth and said that she would take care of it. She ordered Mary to get me a silk thread, and a chunk of fire out of the kitchen. Tom realized with horror what was going to happen and begged aunt Polly not to do it as he promised he was not trying to skip school.
Aunt Polly, however, would hear none of it. The old lady made one end of the silk thread fast to Tom’s tooth with a loop and tied the other to the bedpost. Then she held the fire in front of Tom’s face and at the end of it, the loose tooth was hanging by the bed post.
Tom Sawyer is a young boy who is full of mischief but has a pure heart. He is the protagonist and is a dynamic character. He’s a cunning and playful boy who hates going to school and tries to find a way to skip it. Though he manages to fool Sid, he can never outsmart aunt Polly.
He always lands into trouble for his mischief but learns from his mistakes. He never harms anyone through his games and troubles but lives a lazy and carefree lifestyle. In this section, Tom thinks that he can skip school by fooling everyone, but ends up having his loose tooth forcefully pulled out of him.
Through the story, we come to know about the mischiefs carried out by Tom Sawyer. In order to skip school, he goes through a lot of trouble and ends up in a lot of pain. Though Tom pranks everyone, he is a pure hearted character, and we, the readers, end up sympathizing him.