The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Village Symbol Analysis

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St. Petersburg typifies small-town America in the nineteenth century. Tom reaches maturity over the course of the novel in realizing that he must act as a responsible member of this community rather than rebelling against its conventions. While Twain depicts the village as an ultimately benevolent support system for its members, he also uses satire to point out the hypocrisies and weaknesses of its attitudes and institutions.
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The Village Symbol Timeline in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Village appears in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
Superstition, Fantasy, and Escape Theme Icon
Sentimentality and Realism Theme Icon
...exploits as various heroes, from an Indian to a pirate, after he runs away from St. Petersburg . (full context)
Chapter 14
Boyhood Rebellion and Growing Up Theme Icon
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...island. Pangs of homesickness set in as the day wears on. Even Huck misses the village. (full context)
Chapter 17
The Hypocrisy of Adult Society Theme Icon
Sentimentality and Realism Theme Icon
In St. Petersburg , the townspeople prepare for the funeral to mourn Tom, Joe, and Huck. Their schoolmates... (full context)
Chapter 23
Boyhood Rebellion and Growing Up Theme Icon
The village begins to stir with excitement as Muff Potters' trial approaches. However, Tom's conscience nags at... (full context)
Chapter 29
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The ferry carries the children three miles south of St. Petersburg , where they go ashore to play. After lunch, they decide to explore MacDougal's Cave,... (full context)
Chapter 33
Boyhood Rebellion and Growing Up Theme Icon
At the widow's, much of the village is assembled, in their Sunday best. The widow tells Tom and Joe to and put... (full context)