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Is "Tom Sawyer" a story for children or adults?

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Whether or not many have read the book, Mark Twain?s ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? has been referenced numerous times in social media. It has been used in media in such formats as movies and cartoons. Because of this, many believe Tom Sawyer to be a children?s book, while others believe it to be a more literal adult influenced novel. With the many outside influences such as religion, writing styles, and the author?s opinions it can be argued that Mark Twain?s ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? can be seen as either a children?s book or an adult?s novel. Many believe it is more suited as an adult book. The Influence of religion in any storyline can affect the plot greatly. ?If we maintain the implicit conjunction between the Bible and Tom?s books, this can be read as a very serious critique of the abuses of religion? (McIntosh-Byrd 15). In his critique, Byrd states how religion is often seen as the only way to go. ...read more.

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?But Tom?s energy did not last. He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day, and his sorrows multiplied.? (Twain 12) Many are without responsibilities and hope to never gain any. ?Mark Twain drives with careless, sagging reins, but he holds the general direction.? (Doren 431) Twain keeps a general hold on the story but he allows the characters to roam about freely, which makes it more kid friendly, in the sense that the kids want to feel like they are truly in charge. ?And when the middle of the afternoon came, from being a poor, poverty-stricken boy in the morning, Tom was literally rolling in wealth.? (Twain 15) The different writing styles affected the story in one way but at the same time it can affect it in the other opposite direction. On the other side of the spectrum, this book can be seen as an adult?s novel based on the writing styles evident in the text. ...read more.

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?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an extremely difficult work to approach analytically because it is so embedded in the author?s own childhood.? (McIntosh-Byrd 13) It has been argued that the town of St. Petersburg in the story was Twain?s interpretation of his childhood hometown. ?Uncertain whether it should be aimed at a youthful or an adult audience, Mark Twain once more submerged in the shadow the realistic aspects of puberty, removing portions of the book which might offend younger readers.? (Baetzhold) if Twain didn?t remove these portions of the story it would have definitely been focused towards a more mature audience. Since he did it is more appropriate that ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? be focused more on the youthful audience. With the many outside influences such as religion, writing styles, and the author?s opinions it can be argued that Mark Twain?s ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? can be seen as either a children?s book or an adult?s novel. The book was originally written as an adult?s novel, but over the years since it has been written it has slowly been more closely analyzed as a children?s book. Lane ...read more.

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