October 27, 2004

Tom Sawyer is a brat & he needs to be beaten.

So I finished "Huck Finn" a little while ago and I'm just annoyed. I liked most of the book and was having a good time reading until stupid Tom Sawyer made his appreance. Before, I was curious to read the prequel to "Huck" and find out what happened to the boys before this adventure. Forget that idea! Tom did nothing more than get on my nerves. He connocted outlandish ideas and dragged Huck and Jim along for the ride-although I blame Huck & Jim for putting up with his ridiculousness.

Ok, granted, Tom & Huck are just boys and it was a different time period, but still...is there really a need for all the hubbabaloo to rescue Jim? Why was it necessary to go through all the stealing and digging and all the other irrelevant nonsense? So maybe it's comic relief and adds some excitement to the story...I thought it was all very silly.

Like my title says, Tom is a brat and needs to controlled. Man, some people's kids...where are his parents? Ok, so sorry, bad joke...he's still a little snot, though.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 27, 2004 02:26 PM
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Katie,

Have you read the "Adventures of Tom Sawyer"? When I read this book, Tom wasn't that bad. He had his adventures and went exploring as any boy would. However, when I finished reading the Huck Finn book, I noticed how aggressive Tom became. It looks like to me that he wanted to be the best at everything, so he even mocked Huck at times, because his plans were so simple. Tom wanted more challenges. He was glad that he got shot in the leg, because he views it as a sovenior. I think Tom's personality was twisted towards the end of the book.

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 27, 2004 02:32 PM

Lamb,

Your prose on this subject is so eloquent: it scares me....like a Mack truck, running at full throttle. I am not sure that Tom is so much a brat, but maybe he is just adds excitement to the story. Like you said, he drags Huck and Jim a long for the ride. Isn't this a period in their lives where they are free for the taking? Seriousness and maticulous plotting, are atypical characteristics of 13 year old boys, don't you think?

Thanks, Lamb, for making this witty blog.

Katie

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 27, 2004 10:16 PM

Nabila,
After our thrilling discussion (argument?) in class, my opinion on Tom has changed a little. Without having read "Tom Sawyer," I guess I'm not informed enough to have made a decision about Tom. I still think he was bossy to Huck and Jim, but it's comforting to know that he takes a more passive role in his own story. I like the way you put it: his personality was "twisted." That's a much fairer way to describe him...unlike my "brat" label.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 28, 2004 12:02 AM

Katie,
Ok, ok, so you've got me...Tom and Huck are just kids and I guess the way they acted was considered "normal," although maybe a little on the dramatic side. Like I said in class, maybe it's a boy thing and males tend to do go
overboard on adventures. Maybe if I read Tom's story I'd be more capable to make an opinion. Maybe that'll be my goal for this semester...read "Tom Sawyer."

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 28, 2004 12:06 AM

Katie,

I agreed with several of your viewpoints on Tom througout the book and I have never read the "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" either so I can definitely sympathesize with your feelings towards this boy.

However, I found your statement saying that it was essentially a boy thing may not be accurate in all situations. I believe instead of saying boy that you might rather say a different personality than that of mine. The only reason why I would state it like this is simply because there are several girls both that I know and that I have talked with that would enjoy this type of experience. I think that you would probably be safer to say it that way or different types of individuals. I don't know if you could go the whole way and say that it was simply just a boy thing to do. Do you agree that it could be just simply personality or character differences and not necessarily gender differences? This is just a suggestion from my personal experiences.

I really do appreciate your opinion and as stated above I had the same reaction towards Tom and I believe that may be because we have not read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

Melissa Hagg

Posted by: Melissa Hagg at October 31, 2004 10:01 PM

Melissa, I do believe you have a point. At that age I had some "Huck Finn" type of my own. Different kinds of things, but in the same mischevious vein. Linda Fondrk

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at November 2, 2004 08:42 AM

Can someone please tell me what time period "Tom Sawyer" is taken place? PLEASE! I'm doing a book report on it and I need to know!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Someone at December 12, 2004 01:37 PM

I love your thinking I thought the same way tom just complicated everythind i need to what time period it is too.

Posted by: ??????? at November 28, 2005 12:31 AM

I don't like Tokm Sawyer either! But I also have a couple of quetions .......what was tom sawyers personality traits, fears, values, behavior, style of drees, physical apperance, likes and dislikes.

Posted by: Ingrid at April 4, 2006 02:01 PM

I don't like Tom Sawyer either! But I also have a couple of quetions .......what was tom sawyers personality traits, fears, values, behavior, style of drees, physical apperance, likes and dislikes.

Posted by: Ingrid at April 4, 2006 02:02 PM

I don't like Tom Sawyer either! But I also have a couple of quetions .......what was tom sawyers personality traits, fears, values, behavior, style of drees, physical apperance, likes and dislikes.

Posted by: Ingrid at April 4, 2006 02:03 PM
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