In the second chapter of “Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, Tom is stuck whitewashing the fence but soon gets Ben to do it for him by smooth talking him. Ben gives him grief for being stuck washing the fence, seen as a chore and therefore boring. However, Tom argues that it is the opposite- a fun privilege. Tom realizes that “…in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.” (Twain). He makes it seem like a lofty task and not boring at all. It instantly seems desirable and soon Ben is doing Tom’s work for him. The binary here states that if something is a chore, it is completely unfulfilling while a privilege is fun and entertaining, regardless of the actual task.
Twain, Mark. “Chapter II.” The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Project Gutenberg, 2008. Print.