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Tom Sawyer is a boys boy Hes mischievous hes adventure seeking hes fascinated with bugs Yet while much has been written about these first two personality traits it is the third one the unexamined territory of Toms insectuous interactions that intrigues me Throughout my reading of Tom Sawyer there was a prevalent buzzing in my ear a nipping at my neck It became apparent to me that while the main characters in the novel may be Tom Becky and Huck some of the key players in the story have no lines at all Instead they have wings In this paper I examine most of the cases where insects creep their way into Toms story Sometimes their presence may go unnoticed but at others their sting is long-lasting The small references to Toms insect encounters will be mentioned simply to establish that in an example of art imitating life the bugs are everywhere Yet it is the cases when the symbolic message of the insect is impossible to ignore that we will deal with in the greatest detail Prior to putting specific examples under the microscope let us quickly attempt to get all the bugs out of the book We will examine with an entomologists precise eye the star bugs the fly and the beetle in church the doodlebug in the field the tick at school and Toms equation of man to insect Yet before doing so we must first note the minor bugs the cameos so to speak You may only recall one or two instances where an insect plays a role in the book but like the saying goes for every cockroach you see there a dozen more behind the walls Theres the ventriloquist cricket in Chapter Nine that no human ingenuity could locate 65 Later on that same page Tom hears the ticking of deathwatch a type of beetle which according to superstition meant that somebodys days were numbered There is the tumblebug
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