The Importance of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in Childrens Literature Childrens literature of all times and denominations is aspired to the future. The most important ideas and concepts is picked up and multiplied by childrens fantasy, emotionality and belief. The best tale-tellers, philosophers, thinkers and prophets of the thought are the first people who help children discovering amazing harmony between the past and the future, making them to believe in eternity and infinity of creative abilities of the mankind. Such writers like Mark Twain addressed their works to children. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the most famous and popular books in childrens literature. This book tells the story of free heroic life, full of adventures and deeds. Tom and Heck want to make life as vivid and bright as it is described in books. They want to become as brave and just as the heroes they read about so much. However, the boys do live in a real world, where injustice and evil withstand honesty and justice, the life where mercenariness and greed substitute friendship and sincerity.
Probably, due to this reason Mark Twain liked to tell that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the book for people of all ages and countries. The importance and role of mark Twains book as powerful force that shapes childrens minds cannot be overestimated. Its importance becomes stronger and stronger after a number of years; it strengthens itself with all-increasing power. All modern American literature originates from one Mark Twains book about Tom Sawyer. It is the best book for children. Nothing can be compared with it.
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You will rarely find a person who knows nothing about Tom Sawyer. Some people consider Twains books a hopeless graphorrhea, some of them take a principled stand that Tom Sawyer was written for adults, however, all of them agree with the fact that Tom Sawyers adventures hold its strong position among the most important books in childrens literature. Really, unexampled popularity of Tom is the subject of wild discussions and boisterous emotions. Literary critics and specialists in study of literature persistently ask the question about the place Tom Sawyer occupies in the childrens literature. This question forces to find the proper answer. The paper claims to no objectivity, however, it tries to explore the importance of Tom Sawyer for children.
First of all, the explanation can be found in the world described by Mark Twain. To tell the truth, this world at the same time reminds the world you live in, and at the same time, it bears no resemblance. It rather looks like a curved space: when you look into it, it draws you into imaginary universe (Blair 65).
The boys there play games, paint fences, quarrel, scream, love, hate At the same time the people there act like in a real world. You can find ruthless teenagers, untalented teachers, redoubtable strangers, to mention a few. Children are involved into adult games At the same time they do their homework, read the books, fall in love and sort out their relationships.
Everything goes like in our real world, but it sounds more interesting. Secondly, the book shocks with the reality and credibility of its characters. Although the major part of children books cannot get rid of a certain lop-sided development of its heroes, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer is exception to the rule. Mark Twain manages to overcome boundedness of literary solution. This book is evidently head and shoulders above all other children books from the viewpoint of psychology. You can read and re-read it plenty of times and every time you find there new nuances in description of literary heroes, in their words and actions. The main characters still excite curiosity; they are still a subject of much controversy among children. Lets take Tom Sawyer as an illustration.
The attitude concerning him varies from blind adoration to wild aversion. However, Tom Sawyer is no more than literary character. At the same time children discuss him like he is their beloved friend or the bitterest enemy. Thirdly, Mark Twain masterly describes the process of maturity (Anderson 26).
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Lets take Tom Sawyer. We find him first as a typical child, kind and responsive. He admiringly enters the adult world mixed with the world of adventures and tales.
Further we find him a teenagers of a typical puberty age: sometimes he is rude to people around him, he shouts, screams, undermine adults authority, suffers, starts to reproach himself, suddenly starts to blame others, again starts to reproach himself, falls in love with Becky, hates himself for that feeling and so on. These changes are described a bit stingily; however, they precisely reflect the childs feelings. No wonder that children easily put themselves into Toms position and quickly identify themselves with their beloved character. Fourthly, Mark Twain brings up many important ethical questions. At the same time he never adheres to position of straightforward moralizing (Budd 84).
The child is free to understand the content of the book in his own way. In a literal sense he can interpret almost each episode of Tom Sawyers adventures differently (actually, the children find there completely different interpretations).
The child can have a look into the imaginary world with Tom Sawyers eyes, however, nobody bother them exploring Tom Sawyers world from completely different position. Fifthly, Tom Sawyer is a layered book.
It can be discussed at the level of simple adoration, and at the same time it can be explored from a literary or scientific point of view. Some curious children even create interesting theories or games based on Tom Sawyers adventures. In such a way, the book evidently embraces the widest audience of children: ranging from adventurers to children with creative or scientific cast of mind. Sixthly, Tom Sawyer has an interesting plotline, exciting intrigues and under-actions, plenty of reticence that allows children thinking over the content more thoroughly. The literary techniques used by Mark Twain and his perfect sense of humor also add attractiveness to the book. Seventhly, and probably, the most subjectively, in the course of the book the feeling of empathy and participation appears.
Book Review on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Love, suspense, thrill, and adventure. Well its definitely not anything we can find in a history book. It is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain. This novel is about a young boy named Tom Sawyer who has been following a pretty monotonous life until recently. He sees and falls in love with Becky Tatcher, the new girl in town. He goes out ...
So-called effect of complete atmosphere dip is amazing. The world of Tom Sawyer is not simply real. It perfectly collides with childrens subconscious mentality that is so difficult to catch. No wonder that Tom Sawyer occupied the most important position in childrens literature.
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