By Neil Heims PH.D.
Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1944, Johnny Tremain is the tale of a 14-year-old apprentice silversmith in Boston on the time of the yankee Revolution.
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Lapham’s death. This section reaches its climax when Johnny decides to go to see Merchant Lyte as his mother told him to do on her 27 28 Reading Johnny Tremain deathbed should he ever find himself in a situation where it seemed that even God had forsaken him. Johnny hopes that showing Lyte an antique silver cup his mother gave him will be enough to prove that Johnny is a member of Lyte’s family and that Lyte will help him. Johnny’s encounter with Mr. Lyte marks the second catastrophe of the plot.
Lapham’s silversmith shop by a new man, a silversmith, Mr. Tweedie. Johnny’s resentment is shown by the way he gratuitously insults Mr. Tweedie. Mrs. Lapham, however, now places the hope for her future on Mr. Tweedie. Once she had promised Cilla to Johnny, but now she tries to arrange a marriage between Mr. Tweedie and one of her older daughters in order to keep the business in the family after Mr. Lapham’s death. This section reaches its climax when Johnny decides to go to see Merchant Lyte as his mother told him to do on her 27 28 Reading Johnny Tremain deathbed should he ever find himself in a situation where it seemed that even God had forsaken him.
Thank you, Master Johnny. I know I’m not as good as you are. ”9 The second scene comes immediately after it: But he [Johnny Tremain] quieted himself instantly and thanked his master for his kindness. As he walked past the shop, he saw Dove and Dusty hanging idly out of the shop window. They were looking for him. Dove said: “Will Mr. Johnny Tremain be so kind as to fetch us drinking water? Mrs. Lapham says we are too valuable to leave our benches. ”10 Surely, these do not sound like the words of a humble, pious, or penitent boy, but rather like the gloating taunts of a jealous and sneaky rival.