Our America, Our Adventure
The American sense of adventure was recognized once again in Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer through the lives of the young boys Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The adventures Tom and Huck experienced made Americans realize the importance of adventure, and what relief can come from adventure. Tom used his spirit of adventure to escape from the harsh realities in life. After being rejected by the girl he loved and punished by his Aunt, Tom ran away with the dream of becoming a pirate and someone like Robin Hood. His use of imagination on his adventures made Americans aware of how an adventure can symbolize movement towards new possibilities in life, and in the world.