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Tom Sawyer

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Tom Sawyer

  1. 1. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Background notes on the author and the novel
  2. 2. Meet the Author <ul><li>Mark Twain- born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835. </li></ul><ul><li>Twain grew up near the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri, which is the setting for Tom Sawyer . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mark Twain <ul><li>Twain worked as a steamboat pilot, which gave him material for his stories. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Twain is Samuel Clemens’ pseudonym, or pen name. Mark Twain refers to a measure of depth in steamboat navigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Twain is remembered for being a humorist and a master at writing social satires. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer <ul><li>Tom Sawyer was published in 1876, and it remains one of his most popular works. </li></ul><ul><li>The sequel to Tom Sawyer is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the characters in Tom Sawyer are inspired by people that Twain knew, including his own family. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Literary Terms <ul><li>Genre- a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satire- a novel that criticizes society through the use of humor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picaresque- a novel filled with episodic adventures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming-of-age- a novel whose adolescent character matures emotionally, physically, and spiritually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bildungsroman- a novel that follows the development of a hero from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twain intended for Tom Sawyer to grow up, but, instead, Tom Sawyer only explores Tom’s boyhood. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Literary Terms <ul><li>Protagonist- the principal character who is the leader of a cause or brings about important change. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom Sawyer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme- a story’s insight about life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moral and social maturity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority (hypocrisy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom through isolation </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Literary Terms <ul><li>Symbol- an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Cave </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Storm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Treasure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Village </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dialect- a particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early nineteenth-century Southern dialect </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Literary Terms <ul><li>Motif- a recurring element in a book-- usually relates to one of the story’s themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Circus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showing off </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Literary Terms <ul><li>Foreshadowing- the use of hints to suggest what will happen later in the story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom declares to Becky that he will be a pirate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom is afraid of Injun Joe. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom is obsessed with the oath he and Huck took to never talk about the murder. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What could these events foreshadow? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Famous Twain Quotations <ul><li>A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. </li></ul><ul><li>'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read. </li></ul><ul><li>Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: This is the ideal life. </li></ul>

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