"A Glittering Hero Once More": Tom Sawyer Part 2


At the beginning of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom selfishly runs away, allowing everyone in town to think he has died. However, throughout the book, Tom faces various challenges and begins to grow in moral goodness and empathy. In the end, Tom returns to save an innocent man’s life and becomes a true hero.


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Kelly Scott Franklin is assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he teaches American literature and the great books. He received his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, an M.A. in English from The Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Commonweal, Comparative American Studies, The Federalist, and the Catholic World Report.