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***** purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the book "The Tragedy ***** Pudd'nhead Wilson," by Mark Twain. Specifically, it will trace the different types of irony that Twain used in the *****. What are they, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use of irony throughout ***** Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religion, and small *****wn America, and helps bring his characters to life.


Be virtuous, and you will be eccentric." - Mark Twain

***** s*****ry of Pudd'nhead Wilson seems simple enough at first glance. David "Pudd'nhead" ***** comes to the small town ***** Dawson's L*****ing to begin a c*****reer as an at*****rney, but ***** *****speople do not understand him, or ***** sense of hum*****, and they ostracize him. He ********** not get work ***** an attorney, and has to take odd jobs around town. He has an interest in fingerprinting, and studies ***** in his off time.

***** Land*****g is an idyllic town, "***** was a snug little collection of modest one-and two-storey frame dwellings whose whitewashed exteriors were almost concealed from sight by climbing tangles ***** rose-vines, honeysuckles, and morning-glories" (Twain 5), except it ***** a town that allows slavery. Roxy is a sl*****ve woman who lives in *****, works for a prominent family, the Driscolls, and looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, ***** can pass for *****. She trades her ***** with her master's child, who was born on the same day. Her child is now called "Tom," and she raises her master's son as a black child, who is ***** called "Chambers." She knows that her son will be raised as white, and have a *****tter life th*****n ***** could give him.

The central *****mes of the book are evident ***** the start of the novel, and ***** ***** anything but *****. The action all *****s place in this sm***** **********, where newcomers are not welcome.

***** ***** reader is first introduced to the world of Daw*****'s L*****ing, everything appears to be in order and everyone is carefully controlled: women are firmly deposited in their "sphere," African-*****ns know their "place," and the upper class treats the lower strata of society ***** benign neglect (Skandera-Trombley).

Immediately we see *****'s views on slavery, and ironies ***** still existed after the emancipation of slaves at the end of the Civil War. Twain wrote this book in the 1890s, when slavery had been outlawed ***** over thirty years. He set it in the 1830s, when ***** was still legal, to show that even though slaves were free, nothing much had changed. Blacks were still treated as second-class citizens, not much differently than he portrays ********** in the novel.

Even though Tom is raised as a member of ***** Driscoll family with every advantage, he does not turn out well. ***** begins a ***** ***** robbing houses to pay back gambling debts he owes. In another ironic twist, the gambling debt he *****, $200,


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