The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Treasure Symbol Analysis

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Finding treasure is a fanciful notion appropriate to Tom's romantic boyhood imagination. Yet this unrealistic dream nonetheless comes true by the novel's end. Tom and Huck achieve maturity with the windfall of their treasure, which heralds the onset of their adulthood in the eyes of society, for they have achieved wealth and status.
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The Treasure Symbol Timeline in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Treasure appears in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26
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The stranger thinks that finding this treasure means they don't have to do the "dangerous job." Injun Joe insists that they will... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Tom's dreams ceaselessly about the treasure. The sum of money involved is so enormous that he thinks and hopes to himself... (full context)
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The next morning, Tom asks if Huck remembers what Tom does about the treasure. Huck does indeed, and is ruminating on how foolish they were to have left their... (full context)
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Tom suggests they still have a chance to claim the treasure if they figure out where Number Two is. He thinks the name may stand for... (full context)
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...the Spaniard around if he sees him. Huck is fearful, but Tom reminds him the treasure is incentive. (full context)
Chapter 28
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...room must be haunted by whisky. When Huck asks Tom why he didn't steal the treasure given that Injun Joe was passed out, Tom's grows defensive and asserts that Huck wouldn't... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...hours spying are worth it, but just then two men exit the tavern carrying the treasure box. Huck makes a quick decision that there's no point in alerting Tom about what's... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...him to be fully honest, and he reveals the Spaniard's true identity, without mentioning the treasure. The Welchman is shocked, then realizes it makes sense, for the violent plan Huck described... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...assumed Tom made it into No. 2 at Temperance Tavern to find whiskey rather than treasure. Tom explains this never happened, instantly realizing that "Number Two" must be the cave! They... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...one knows what to make of Tom's words, till he pulls in the wagonload of treasure. The coins are counted, and amount to $12,000, to be split evenly between Tom and... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...closely to their every word, and people start searching haunted houses all over town for treasure. (full context)