author of Tom Sawyer
pen name of Samuel Clemens
what "mark twain" means
point at which it is safe to travel in water (2 fathoms); measured by mark on a rope
genre of Tom Sawyer
setting of Tom Sawyer
St. Petersburg, Mississippi; mid 1800s
protagonist in Tom Sawyer
Antagonists in Tom Sawyer
Injun Joe; society's expectations
Themes of Tom Sawyer
growing up; superstition
social setting of Tom Sawyer
expectations of the townspeople
climax experienced by Tom
Injun Joe in the cave
climax experienced by Huck
saving Widow Douglas
beginning of story; introduces characters and setting
event that begins the rising action
events leading up to the climax
high point of story; where the conflict is resolved
events before the resolution; tying things up
the end of the book
infamous, bad reputation
"I was awful scared and I run. I took out when the pistols went off..."
"I went to sleep reading in bed and slept straight through all that noise."
"Rebecca Thatcher, did you tear - no, look me in the face - did you tear this book?"
"Huck don't need it. Huck's rich. Huck's got money."
"You don't know me. Least you don't know all about that thing. Tain't robbery altogether - it's revenge!"
"Shake hands - yourn'll come through the bars but mine's too big."
"Oh Tom! Then I ain't first you've ever been engaged to!"
"I was in the lead with my pistol raised, and when the sneeze started those scoundrels a-rustling to get out of the path, I sang out, 'Fire, boys!'"
tension that builds, wondering what will happen next
Tom testifies for Muff Potter
Tom is growing up and knows telling the truth is right.
"The boys in this town will take more trouble and fool away more time hunting up six bits worth of old iron to sell to the foundry than they would to make twice the money at regular work. But that's human nature - hurry along! hurry along!"
Mr. Jones was fussing at them about wasting time when they had just found $12,000 in gold
characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears
noble and generous in spirit
not based on fact
travel across or pass over
not neat or cared for
appearing worn and exhausted
Shy, lacking self-confidence; modest, reserved
The icicle-like structures hanging down from the ceiling of a cave
menacing, causing fear or awe
curving or twisting