Tom Sawyer

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  • Whitewashing the Fence
  • The Graveyard 
  • Muff is Framed
  • This scene is when Tom is supposed to be whitewashing. He convinces the boys passing by him that painting is extremely fun and offers them an opportunity to paint for a fee. This scene is important because it further convinces Tom to do more tricky things, like faking his own death. These tricky things are what drives the rest of the story.
  • Tom Testifies In Court
  • ‘ Injun Joe jumped with the knife and —‘
  • This scene is when Tom and Huck are hiding in the graveyard when Muff Potter, Injun Joe, and Doc Robinson come to dig up the grave. Then, Robinson gets stabbed by Injun Joe. This scene is important to the story because what happens afterwards, like Muff Potter being jailed, or Tom and Huck's blood oath, which makes up the rest of the story.
  • Tom and Huck in the Haunted House
  • This scene is from when Muff Potter was about to be lynched, and Injun Joe says that he saw Muff kill the Doc. This scene is important to the story because it drives Tom Sawyer to testify in court, completely changing the direction of the story.  It drives Tom to break his oath to "keep mum" with Huck, making him risk his life.
  • The Treasure In the Cave
  • This scene is when Tom is testifying in the courtrooms for Muff's trial. This scene is important to the story because it drives Joe to go into hiding, which leads to the boys hearing about the treasure. That in itself plays out the rest of the story.
  • This scene is when Huck and Tom are hiding in the haunted house because Injun Joe is downstairs with a fellow robber. This scene is important because it tells the boys where to look for the treasure. This leads to the boys doing another important thing for the story, which is looking in the tavern room #2.
  • ‘No — Number Two — under the cross.'
  • This scene is when Tom and Huck dig up the treasure. This scene is important to the story because it precipitates the ending of the story. Tom and Huck, as a result of finding the treasure, both become famous for their wealth. In addition, the adoption of Huck by Widow Douglass was certainly cemented by his large fortune.
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