The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, By Mark Twain Essay

1518 Words Oct 18th, 2016 7 Pages
It is easy to act a certain way to ensure survival when one’s life is threatened. It is a completely different matter when an innocent bystander is added to the mix. In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, readers witness two young boys struggling with fear as well as their own consciousness. When dangerous situations that could affect a person’s survival arise, the fight our flight reaction is triggered; however, when an innocent bystander is involved, it can become tricky when deciding how to act. The individual must weigh the odds, as well as their feelings towards the person in question. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were not immoral boys; however, without the prompting of an innocent’s life in danger, the two boys would not have overcome their fears to tell the adults about the truth of the murder. After Tom and Huck witnessed the murder of Dr. Robinson they made a promise to each other to keep quiet about the real killer. The boys were afraid that Injun Joe would come back to kill them if they said anything to anyone. When the townspeople began to blame Muff Potter, however, the boys felt guilty since they knew the truth. The boys began to visit Muff Potter, and bring him things like tobacco in an attempt to ease their guilt. As the trial draws nearer, the boys visit Potter again and are bombarded by their conscience. The book says, “His [Muff Potter’s] gratitude for their gifts had always smote their consciences before – it cut deeper than ever,…

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