Maturity In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

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Has Tom Sawyer matured at all in the book The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer? Tom Sawyer matures some, but at the end, he is still young at heart. As Tom matures, it is kind of like he is hiking a mountain of maturity. He climbs higher, but very slowly, and in little bits at a time. Then something happens to make him slip back down a little, but in the end, he is getting higher, rather than lower. In every situation, Tom takes something away from it, and learns from every mistake he makes. He does get more mature, just a little bit at a time. Tom still wants to be a pirate. Although in the book Tom gets more and more mature with every chapter, he still holds on to this childish dream and acts as if he is a real pirate with Huck every so often.…show more content…
Tom proposes to Becky, and tries to explain to her what engagement is. He tells her that it means that they will have nobody else, and that they will walk to school together, and choose each other at parties. When she is still unsure, and a little hesitant, Tom adds pressure, almost forcing her to say yes. Then he coaxes her to kiss him,but she is still unsure. The fact that Becky isn’t ready, and that Tom has to practically beg her, shows that Tom doesn’t have a real sense of what a relationship is supposed to look like. Tom also makes the mistake of telling her that she is not his first love interest, again, a perfect example of Tom’s idea of relationships, and that they are just one after the other, and that they are a promise easily broken. A few chapters later, while Tom and Becky are lost in the cave, and Becky has abandoned all hope of survival, Tom gently reassures her that he is her true love and hero, and that he will find a way out. Tom realizes that with a relationship, there comes responsibility. He accepts this, and fills his duty as her fiance. Tom is very mature in his act of bravery, in getting them out of the cave, which he does marvelously, and stepping up to that big responsibility. His idea about engagement itself is still very silly and childish. In this particular passage, Tom has grown, but still holds on to part of his silly ideas. He learned from his mistake about telling Beck about Amy, and tries to make it up to her. He was trying to be mature and acting grown up by telling her exactly what he thought engagement was supposed to look like. And even though he slipped down the mountain a little bit, he quickly climbed back

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