Excerpt From: Twain, Mark. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
In school, after Tom arrived late and was extremely bored, he took out a tick from his pocket that Huckleberry gave to him. As Tom took the tick out and starting playing with it by turning him aside with a pin, his best friend, Joe Harper, noticed the tick and took out his pin and joined Tom. As they were playing, they noticed that they were fighting to see who could turn him aside. Tom came up with the idea that they should make a line that they could not cross to touch the tick. When the tick would cross the line it would be the other persons turn to play with it. After a few back and forths, Joe was keeping the tick under his control very well. Tom was getting restless, and eventually touched the Tick on Joe's side. The act angered Joe and the two went after each other about the reasons why Tom could touch the tick, and why he could not touch the tick. The teacher approached the boys without them knowing because they were too distracted fighting. As the teacher whacked them tremendously hard, they both knew they were it deep trouble.
The short scene about the tick was really a funny moment for me because Mark Twain does a very good job of painting a picture in your mind. I can relate to the story because I have had many experiences where my friend and I were doing something in class that completely got us off track and eventually was noticed by the teacher. The scene was very interesting because it was exciting and the arguing between the boys was very realistic but funny. Although it was a typical "Tom-like" act, it made me change my perspective of him.
The book Tom Sawyer has many funny and relatable themes and scenes in it. An example of a scene that is both funny and relatable is the tick scene in chapter 7.