Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Publications, 2011) ISBN: 978-0486480442 (NOTE: This is the specific edition of Tom Sawyer you must use. Do not purchase any other edition as the book has been abridged, etc. down through the years. You must use this edition.)
1. All analyses should include citations within the body of your text (in MLA format). When you quote from the book or another source, you must include the page number. If you are only referencing something, no page number is required as per MLA.
2. Include a Works Cited list at the bottom (in MLA format). Cite the primary text (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and other authoritative texts to support your analysis. You must cite at least ONE source other than the text. Please do not cite other people’s analyses. Instead, use academic resources about the particular topic you are addressing. NOTE: You must use the edition of Tom Sawyer that is listed in your syllabus. There are hundreds of edited editions, which is why I assign a specific edition.
3. Create a suitable title for each assignment. Do not simply title your piece “Chapters 4-8,” for example. Also, do not restate again and again in your introductions the name of the book, the author, the chapter numbers, etc. Simply address the topic and cite in MLA format where appropriate.
4. Your introductory sentence should not refer to the assignment or to chapter numbers. It should introduce the topic (and your thesis) in an engaging way. NEVER write this for an introduction: “In chapters 10-13 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer…” This is completely redundant and not engaging.
Critics have long praised Mark Twain’s uncanny ability to use vernacular and dialect. They have also praised his honest assessments of human nature, even those traits that are less appealing, and many feel it is his ability to hone in on human nature that makes his literature so enduring through the years. Chapters 4 through 7 are rich in both aspects. Additionally, chapter 6 introduces the reader to Huckleberry Finn, one of the most beloved characters in all literature. Sadly, many teachers teach Adventures of Huckleberry Finn without first having their students go back to Tom Sawyer and read the incredible character description Twain provides of Huck. Another famous scene, now immortalized in Hannibal, Missouri each summer, is the famed “engagement scene” between Tom and Becky.
For this assignment for chapters 4-7, please write a critical analysis of one of the following:
1) Twain’s use of vernacular and dialect thus far
2) A particular example (or examples) of human nature
3) The character description of Huck Finn
4) The engagement scene