The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Characters Analysis

Tom Sawyer
Tom is quite a young boy. Readers of the book have described him to have a very imaginative imagination. Sawyer is also said to be somewhat mischievous. Young Tom is constantly getting himself into and out of trouble. His behavior is rarely good unlike his half-brother Sid. However, underneath it all, Tom really does have a lovely heart. He also has a very strong moral conscience. Later on, in this great book, we soon begin to see Tom take on some serious responsibilities. Other school students see him as a great leader among them. He does all he can to meet these great responsibilities.
Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn has a father who is always drunk. And everyone in the town is fully aware of this. Huckleberry has always been shunned by a respectable society. Everybody knows that he is an outcast. However, the local boys in the town all love him and would do anything to get the freedom that he seems to have. They do not have such freedom and are often jealous when they see Huckleberry around. Huckleberry is similar to Tom in that they are always prepared to experience an adventure of all kinds. He also takes over Joe Harper who is a long-time friend of Tom.
Becky Thatcher
Becky is a lady who has yellow hair. She is also a judge and is very good looking. As soon as she arrives on the scene to Tom’s town, Tom falls in love with her. Becky was very unaware of this for a long time. But we soon discover that she has feelings very similar to Tom. Yet, they both do all they can to make each other jealous.
Aunt Polly
Aunt Polly is Tom’s aunt. She is also his custodian. She is a lovely woman who has a very kind heart. She finds it hard to love Tom as well as finding the courage to discipline him when required. Aunt Polly finds it very difficult to keep Tom and his behavior under control. This is because she fears for his safety. She also does not want to constrain him too much. However, most of all, Aunt Polly longs to be loved and appreciated by Tom and others around her.
Joe Harper
Joe Harper is Tim’s closest friend every. He is often found playing around with Tom on many occasions. In fact, it has been said that these two are: “a couple of souls who have only one thought”. Joe is incredibly similar to Tom, but he does move away from Tom’s example when he finds that he becomes homesick whilst on Jackson Island. This is when Huckleberry steps in and takes over Joe as Tom’s friend.

Sid Sawyer

Sid Sawyer is a half-brother of Tom. Many will know Sid as a goody-goody who never gets himself into trouble. Yet, he manages to always get Tom into trouble instead. Throughout the novel, readers will discover his very mean spirit. Yet, his behavior is somewhat superficial. Sid is very much the complete opposite to Tom. Tom has a very warm heart. However, his behavior is often quite bad.

Secondary Characters

  • Mary
  • Widow Douglas
  • Injun Joe
  • Muff Potter
  • Judge Thatcher
  • Mr. Dobbins
  • Mr. Walters
  • The Reverend Mr. Sprague
  • Alfred Temple
  • Willie Mufferson
  • Amy Lawrence
  • Dr. Robinson
  • Mr. Jones

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