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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 The character Tom is presented as a realistic and convincing boy He is kind and loving but also cruel stupid and hypocritical As the story progresses Tom shows signs of maturity The story of Tom Sawyer is about how children mature and make their own mistakes Tom is shown throughout the story as a typical boy of his time He has a loving happy home with his devoted Aunt Polly to care for him He is restricted by his home routine of prayers meals chores bedtime etc but when his routine life gets too 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 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 he does what normal boys do at his age Tom is also an imaginative boy who has a good knowledge about human behavior 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 convinces the first boy by saying I dont see why oughtnt like it Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence everyday 21 With this cunning use of words he manipulates the boy to whitewash the fence which leads to others also joining in to help In the end Tom has made a tidy profit as well as getting the whitewashing done
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