When writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) Mark Twain used a number of techniques to describe the story, setting and characters such as alliteration, wordplay and onomatopoeia. Structure and symbolism is used in the novel to put together every aspect of Tom Sawyer’s life. The novel is set in Missouri, Mississippi in the year 1849.
About Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches These short fiction and prose pieces display the variety of Twain’s imaginative invention, his diverse talents, and his extraordinary emotional range. Twain was a master of virtually every prose genre; in fables and stories, speeches and essays, he skilfully adapted, extended or satirized literary conventions, guided only by his unruly imagination.