Classic Tales of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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Classic Tales of Tom Sawyer

Grudgingly going through the motions of reading page after page of a book while pretending to be interested is not a pleasurable way to spend time. Reading a book with a weak plot, dull setting, and lifeless characters requires much effort. Unfortunately, many books are like this. Some books are not as difficult to read and enjoy, but only a tiny percentage of books deserve enough to wear the classification of "classic," like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Finding out what makes a piece of literary work a "classic" is essential to fully understanding the significance of the books. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain successfully brings the story alive and makes it a pleasure to read. This book has gained the respect of people all over the world and earned itself this special distinction, because it contains the necessary substance.

These integral ingredients of a classic are the vivid descriptions of the physical aspects of the story - the characters and setting, an entertaining and eventful plot, and the lasting truths the story's themes express.

The most vivid memories of this story come from the striking descriptions of the physical aspects of the story. Mark Twain immediately brings the story to life with his introduction of the characters and their surroundings. From here, the familiarity of the characters and setting continues to grow. The depictions of the characters, both in mannerisms and dialogue, are so picturesque that Tom's superstitions and fantasies soon cause no great surprises, Aunt Polly's religious sayings and hidden affection for her "mischeevous" Tom come to be expected, and Sid's sly attacks on Tom appear deserving of Tom's revenge.

The unique setting of St. Petersburg on the Mississippi River provides a suitable background for all...