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Character vs. character, self, society, nature, fate

"In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt, gripped together like cats; and for the space of a minute they tugged and tore at each other's hair... Character vs. character Tom vs. new boy
"Hang the boy, can't I ever learn anything? Ain't he played me tricks enough like that for me to be looking out for him by this time?" Character vs. self Aunt Polly debating with herself over what she ought to do about Tom's misbehavior.
"Clods were handy, and the air was full of them in a twinkling. They raged around Sid like a hailstorm; ..." Character vs. character Tom vs. Sid
"And now a drenching rain poured down, and the rising hurricane drove it in sheets along the ground. The boys cried out to each other, but the roaring wind and the booming thunder-blasts drowned their voices utterly. Character vs. nature drenching rain, rising hurricane, roaring wind, booming thunder-blasts
"And now at this moment, when hope was dead, Tom Sawyer came forward with nine yellow tickets, nine red tickets, and ten blue ones, and demanded a Bible!" Character vs. society Tom 'earns' the tickets by trading as opposed to following the rules of earning them and so is in conflict with religious society.
"...Tom pulled a boy's hair in the next bench, and was absorbed in his book when the boy turned around; stuck a pin in another boy,...Tom's whole class were o a pattern - restless, noisy, and troublesome." Character vs. society The kids break the Sabbath-school rules therefore opposing religious- society norms.
"As the school quieted down, Tom made an honest effort to study, but the turmoil within him was too great.... The harder Tom tried to fasten his mind on his book, the more his ideas wandered." Character vs. self Tom's inner turmoil kept him from focus.
"Put on your bonnet and let on you're going home; and when you get to the corner, give the rest of 'em the slip, and turn down through the lane and come back." Character vs. society Tom is telling Becky how to sneak away, breaking the rules set down by her parents, putting her in conflict with her parents' rules and societal norms for girls of her age at the time.
"But the elastic heart of youth cannot be kept compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. Tom presently began to drift insensibly back into the concerns of this life again." Character vs. fate Because of his age, Tom is more interested in playing than in a girl, therefore succumbing to the conflict of character vs. fate.
"Every stump that started up in their path seemed a man and an enemy, and made them catch their breath; ..." Character vs. self The boys were scared and imagining dangers that were not really there.
"...they were about to spring for the closet, when there was a crash of rotten timbers and Injun Joe landed on the ground amid the debris of the ruined stairway." Character vs. nature Time has rotted the boards (the natural decomposing of the timber has taken its course) which causes Injun Joe to fall.
"They did not talk much, they were too much absorbed in hating themselves - hating the ill-luck that made them take the spade and the pick there. But for that, Injun Joe never would have suspected." Character vs. fate ill-luck; but for that Injun Joe would never have known"
"The children awoke, tortured with a raging hunger." Character vs. nature The body's natural hunger response has caused an increase in the intensity of the conflict.
"...was about to turn back when he glimpsed a far-off speck that looked like daylight;...And if it had only happened to be night he would not have seen that speck of daylight,..." Character vs. fate Tom sees the way out by chance of it being daylight.
"The old lady whirled around and snatched her skirts out of danger, and the lad fled, on the instant, scrambled up the high board fence, and disappeared over it." Character vs. character Aunt Polly vs. Tom
Created by: lajames



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