Tom Sawyer: riassunto breve in inglese e descrizione dell'autore e dei personaggi, stile e commento personale (2 pagine formato doc)
LE AVVENTURE DI TOM SAWYER: RIASSUNTO BREVE IN INGLESE
The adventures of Tom Sawyer.Author profile: Mark Twain (his real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was born in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and grew up in nearby Hannibal, a small Mississippi River town. Hannibal would become the model for St. Petersburg, the fictionalized setting of Twain’s two most popular novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The young Clemens grew up in a prosperous family but he was sent out to work at the age of twelve after his father’s death. As a young man, he travelled frequently, working as a printer’s typesetter and as a steamboat pilot. In this later profession he gained familiarity with the river life that would furnish much material for his writing. He also gained his pen name, Mark Twain, which is a measure of depth in steamboat navigation.
Twain enlisted in the Confederate militia in 1861, early in the Civil War, but he soon left to pursue a career in writing and journalism in Nevada and San Francisco. His articles and stories became immensely popular.
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
He moved east in the late 1860s and married Olivia Langdon, the daughter of a rich family. In those years they settled in Hartford, Connecticut; there, Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which he published in 1876. Twain proceeded to write, among other things, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) and two sequels to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896). He died in 1910, one of America’s most beloved humorists and storytellers.
First edition: The novel appeared in England in June 1876, and six months later in the United States. The first edition for the publishing house “Longman” appeared in 1965.
Narrative modes: The book is structured in twenty-seven short chapters. There are lots of dialogue and descriptive parts that make the story more flowing and less boring.
Narrator: The narrator narrates in the third person, with a special insight into the workings of the boyish heart and mind.
Setting of the story: The actions take place in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Time is not specified, but probably around 1845.
Description of the main characters:
- Tom Sawyer: Tom, the protagonist of the story, is a young, mischievous, adventurous boy. He has an active imagination, and get into trouble a lot. He was a born leader, and very headstrong. Throughout the book he goes through many adventures that change him.
- Aunt Polly: Tom's aunt, who he lives with. Aunt Polly is very religious and proper.
Although she fight with Tom a lot, she loves him very much and cares for his well-being.
- Sid: Tom's younger brother. He is well behaved and proper, but lives to get Tom in trouble.