The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

What is the ending of Tom Sawyer? Do you think readers should be satisfied with ending, why or why not?

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To express her gratitude toward Huck, the Widow Douglas decides to take him under her wing, meaning to "give Huck a home under her roof and have him educatedŠ and start him in businessŠ" With the closing chapters of the novel, Huck is introduced into the adult world, the world of the respectable society members who once rejected him as an outcast. With Tom there is an immense desire to grow up quickly: he wishes to be engaged and married, tries to act mature, and be incorporated into adult society. However, Huckleberry Finn wishes the exact opposite: his integration into respectable society is equated with restriction. I like the ending. Twain sums up many of the themes in the book in a short space. Twain finally ends The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with the clause that going any further would make it the "history of a man," he implies that even the most childish of sorts ­ those who embody imagination, ingenuity, and innocence ­ must grow up.