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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


by Mark Twain

Mr. Dobbins

Character Analysis

Mr. Dobbins is every kid's worst nightmare. Frustrated in his attempts to become a doctor, Dobbins settles for being a schoolteacher, a job he doesn't much like. He seems to prefer disciplining his students – that is, mercilessly beating them – to actually teaching them, and he spends as much time as possible perusing an anatomy textbook during class; if this sounds a bit perverted, well, that's because it is. He's definitely not a positive influence on anyone. Luckily, the kids get the last laugh when they – and please, don't worry about specifics – manage to steal his wig by dropping a cat down from the schoolhouse ceiling.