The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Critical analysis

A third person narrator describes the experiences of the boys, interspersed with occasional social commentary. In its sequel, Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain changes to a first person narrative which takes moral conflicts more personally and thus makes greater social criticism possible.[9]

Sometimes the book is described as racist because black people are called "niggers" in the text. A cleansed version, which no longer contained the word, aroused indignation among some literary critics.[10]

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