Tom Sawyer, Chapter, IX page 126
"Hucky, do you believe the dead people like it for us to be here?"
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The supernatural sparks on imagination. If something happens once out of luck, people pin it on things that are around them, even if it doesn't make sense. In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, the supernatural affects Tom and his friends. Tom and Huck both believe in many superstitions, that taking a dead cat to a graveyard will cure warts, or that if a dog howls at you than you are sure to die. One reason that they may believe in these, is to reassure themselves that things cannot happen to them if they follow the "guidelines."
In chapter 9, Tom and Huck go into the graveyard and realize that they are not alone, old Muff Potter and a gang of others are in the graveyard. Muff was drunk and soon got into a scuffle with injun Joe, and the doctor two of the other members in the squad. Joe disarms Potter, and grabs the knife. The doctor hits Potter with a headboard, just as Joe stabs Dr. Robinson in the chest with the knife. As the boys run away from the sight of murder, they hear a wolf howl and they suddenly know that they are going to die. This is a belief that they both have and yet it doesn't come true. Tom Sawyer, Chapter, IX page 126 "Hucky, do you believe the dead people like it for us to be here?"
when people are scared, they blame it on what is going on around them. They may come up with ridiculous ways to "cure" it but in the end they don't work. Cheating death is one example, people don't want to die, they want to live forever, if one way of doing that is finding the fountain of youth, then so be it. It dosnt exist, but they will still go after it around the world, and dying for eternal living does not seem like the greatest idea. Superstition compels us to do things that we normally would not do , for instance, the things that Tom and Huck do, seem completely ridiculous things to do now. To get warts off, we freeze them, not bring a dead cat into a graveyard. Superstition it when we make assumptions without facts to back them up. Another major theme in the book is hopes and dreams. NOW his future plan lay before him, and glowing with unimaginable splendor." [Tom Sawyer, chapter 8, page 11] Everyone wants to be something or someone. Some would like to be an astronaut or a profession athlete. Not many end up becoming what they wanted to when they were 10, but that is sometimes a good thing, for instance, if you wanted to become a pirate, that might not always be such a good idea.
For some, that is the best option, in the book Tom Sawyer, Tom already knows that when he grows up, he is going to be a pirate. While this is many boys fantasy, in the book, Tom really does end up living his dream. He leaves to an island with some of his friends where his raft drifts away. Everyone thinks that the three boys are dead, and they soon send a search boat out. To no avail, as the boys realize that it is meant for them and they think that is it to find someone else. When his friends soon want to go back, Tom resists and says that the island is where he wants to stay.
Toms dreams of becoming a pirate are not too far off, for later Tom and Huck go hunting for treasure. As they are digging with their tools, they begin talking about another one of Toms idols, Robin Hood. A man that many aspire to be more like, he is a man of equality, wanting to take from the rich and give to the poor. "NOW his future plan lay before him, and glowing with unimaginable splendor."
Twain weaves many different themes into the book, but I could relate to these and they stood out.