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Tom Sawyer the main character of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer written by Mark Twain is an average boy who is bored with his civilized life and escapes these constraints by pulling pranks and pulling other mischievous things The character of Tom in the most part is presented as a realistic and convincing boy He is kind and loving but also cruel stupid and hypocritical of others at times as well as he shows maturation throught the story The story of Tom Sawyeras well as being about a realistic character is a story that is intrusive to adults and children Tom is shown throughout the story as a typical boy of his time and place He has a loving happy home with his devoted Aunt Polly to care for him He is mostly restricted by his home routine of prayers meals chores bedtime and things like that but when his routine life gets to dull he has the nearby river and woods where he can go to escape Though Tom is not the model boy of the village he even hates the model boy He plays boyish pranks on Aunt Polly Sid his friends and everyone in town He steals lies plays hooky fights and goes swimming secretly but he is a normal boy and this is what normal boys do at his age Tom is a clever imaginative boy who has a good knowledge about human nature and knows how to use it He continually outwits his Aunt Polly and also persuades other boys to do his work for him without them even knowing of his trickery One example of this is in the whitewashing scene when his Aunt Polly makes him whitewash the outside fence before he is allowed to play He slyly conviences the first boy by saying I dont see why oughtnt like it
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