The Adventures of Tom Sawyer follows the boyish adventures of Tom Sawyer and his friends as they grow up in the small, fictional town of St. Petersburg, located along the Mississippi River. Tom’s wild and superstitious imagination leads him to perilous escapades with Huck Finn and run-ins with grave robbers, murderers, and dark caves.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer poses a curious juxtaposition of subtly sombre undertones in a jovial coming-of-age story. Twain’s writing stings with his witty satire, while a lighthearted humor softens the blow. Twain accurately captures the simplicity and mischief of childhood, while simultaneously never dumbing down the material.