The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Chapter 25 | Summary

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Summary

In a return to more childlike thoughts, Tom is struck by the urge to search for treasure. He attempts to enlist several friends, but it is Huck who agrees. Together the boys begin their search. Their search, fueled by superstition, is thwarted by their misreading of signs and fears of haunted houses and dead bodies.

Analysis

In a letter to William Bowen, Twain revealed he was aware of and read boy books, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer demonstrates many of the characteristics of such books. In this chapter readers see the start of the adventure that propels action toward the conclusion. Treasure hunting is the end goal of being pirates or robbers. Whether the reward comes through an adventure or work, the result is the same: freedom. Ultimately that is the fantasy of such playacting; a life in which one can evade responsibility yet still reap rewards is the ultimate boyhood dream. This is what underlies the adventures in boy books, and it is what Tom pursues here.

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