1. Title : The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2. Author : Mark Twain
3. Summary :
Tom lived with his brother, Sid, and his mother’s sister, Aunt Polly. His mother had passed away, thus he lived with his aunt.
The book is about what Tom experienced on that unknown summer. The early pages (pg.9-28) contain stories to build-up the characters. The real story began when Tom met Huckleberry Finn on his way to school.
On that day, Huck was bringing dead cat which attracted Tom attention. Tom found that Huck was going to hold a ritual to remove his warts. The ritual will be held on moonlight night at a graveyard. Tom wants to join Huck. Huck agreed as long as Tom will not be afraid.
Tom continues his way to school and he found that there was a new student. Her name was Becky Thatcher and Tom started to fall in love with her, and perhaps so do Becky to Tom. They even made an agreement not to marry anyone else on the future.
The night came. Tom and Huck went to a graveyard on hill, mile and a half from the village. They arrived and sat under the branches of three big trees near Hoss Williams’ grave. Not so long then they heard voices. At first they thought it was devils but soon they learned that it was Muff Potter, Doctor Robinson, and Indian Joe. The boys remained silent. They were so close to those three men so they could see what happened.
Suddenly Doctor Robinson hit Indian Joe after they had a little argument. Indian Joe fell to ground. Then, Muff Potter jumped to Doctor Robinson and they began to fight. Doctor Robinson picked up a board and strike Muff Potter to the ground. Indian Joe already on his feet again and stubbed Doctor Robinson with Muff Potter’s knife which was fell when Muff Potter fought with Doctor Robinson. Few moments later, Doctor Robinson died and left Muff Potter covered with blood because he was still unconscious lying on the ground.
The boys covered with fear ran into the darkness. Not very long, Muff Potter regained his consciousness and was on his feet again. He then asked Indian Joe about what just happened. Indian Joe saw his chance to deceive Muff Potter. He told Muff Potter that he was the one who killed Doctor Robinson. Muff Potter believed and started to running. He left his knife. Indian Joe then left those two bodies on the graveyard.
The boys stop on the edge of the village. They made a blood promised not to tell anybody about what just happened. They were scared if Indian Joe kills them.
People on the village knew what happened that night the next day. Indiana Joe still mingles with the villagers and Muff Potter was arrested because his knife was found on the crime scene. The boys kept their promise.
A trial for Muff Potter was held. All witness says was against Muff Potter. Even Indian Joe became a witness himself. These made Tom uneasy. He then decided to break his promise with Huck and spoke in the court. He told everything and made Muff Potter cleared from all the charges. Felt helpless, Indian Joe ran away and hided somewhere.
Indian Joe not yet found. Tom worries began to fade away and he ready for another adventure; hunting for treasures on old houses. So they went an old house and began their searching. They were searching on the upstairs when they heard voices. It was Indian Joe! They were very frightened. They almost got caught, but luckily the fortune was with them because Indian Joe didn’t go upstairs. However, they saw what would bother their mind for the next few days: Gold found by Indian Joe and his friend. The boys had clue of where the gold might be hided.
After guessed, they watched on the public house for three nights. They came to conclusion that it was okay to take a step forward to that room number two. It was surprising what they found on that room. It was Indian Joe, sleeping. They then ran away.
The next morning the villagers went to a picnic on a forest near from a cave. The picnic continued to a cave exploration. People felt delightful after that and forgetting that Tom and Becky Thatcher haven’t come out from the cave yet. They went home without them. Days passed with the villagers tried to search for Tom and Becky. They finally found it on an opening five miles from the door of the cave.
Tom found out that Indian Joe was hiding in the cave with the gold. In just few moments, the men on boat again, headed to the cave for Indian Joe. Eventually they found Indian Joe has dead near the door of the cave. Tom’s fear finally lifted. Tom took the gold from the cave after this moment and became a rich boy together with Huckleberry Finn.
The story ended with Huckleberry Finn stayed on Mrs. Douglas’ house and Tom who has already planned new adventure.
4. Main Characters:
· Tom Sawyer
Tom is a student and he has many friends. He is in his youth moment; when he easily falls in love with girls, when he thought he knows better than the adult about what is better. He is a very tricky boy; I came to conclusion when I read the story in page 14 to 15 and 20. He is clever yet crafty and full of curiosity too.
Also, I think Tom is a bit sentimental, he thought that by gone, people with cry for him and wish if only they had cared about him when he still around and Tom will be watching from heaven happily because he caused enough suffer to they whom he left.
Tom is not very religious child and doesn’t like to go to school, like other children I guess. I found also that Tom is very imaginative and a determine child.
Despite his tricky mind and so on, but in the end he is a very brave and good hearted child. Tom shown this when he bravely spoke in front of the court to tell the truth.
· Huckleberry Finn
Huck Finn is a loner, he doesn’t make friend with most children, not only because he himself didn’t want to but also the teacher on school forbid the students to get closer to Huckleberry Finn.
Huck is sometimes as naïve as most children. He believes that some kind of mystical cat ritual will help him heal his warts.
Unlike Tom, Huck fear overcomes his willingness to tell people about what happen in the graveyard. However, when Indian Joe planned to rob Mrs. Douglas house Huck was so brave to knock on an old man house to tell the situation he saw.
· Aunt Polly
She is a kind hearted person. He took care of his nephew (in other source it said that Tom is her step son) with all her heart. She already considers him as her own son. Even though Tom thought that sometimes his Aunt didn’t give enough care at one time, but actually Aunt Polly really cares about Tom.
· Indian Joe
Indian Joe is the plays the antagonist on the book, so all the bad attitudes is in him. He is vengeful. He likes to stool other belonging and he is a slanderer. Muff Potter almost paid for what Indian Joe did.
Butt in the end he is only a human, he can be scared and very hopeless that he died tragically near the main enter of a cave.
5. Setting :
The story took place in a village near the Mississippi River which includes the village and the grave yard; Mississippi River and an island in the middle of it; a wood where the old house stood still; and the cave.
Mostly the time background is summer where the students had their summer holiday, including Tom Sawyer.
6. Theme : The world in a child eyes.