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The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the book "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson," by Mark Twain. Specifically, it will trace the different types of irony that ***** used in the *****. What are **********, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use of irony throughout ***** Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religi*****, and small town 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 ***** town of Dawson's L*****ing to begin a career as an **********, but the townspeople do not understand him, or his sense of humor, and ********** ostracize him. He does not get work as an attorney, and has to take odd jobs around town. He has an interest in fingerprinting, and studies that in his off time.

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

***** central themes of the book are evident ***** the start of the novel, ***** *****y ***** anything but simple. The action all *****s place in this small *****, where newcomers are not welcome.

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

***** we see ***** views on slavery, and ironies ***** still existed after the emancipation ***** slaves at the end of ***** Civil War. Twain wrote ***** book in the 1890s, when ***** had been outlawed ***** over thirty years. He set it ***** the 1830s, when it was ***** legal, to show that even though ***** were free, *****hing much had changed. Blacks were still treated as second-class citizens, not ***** differently than he portrays t*****m in the novel.

Even though ***** is raised as a member of the Driscoll family with every advantage, he ***** ***** turn out well. ***** begins a life of robbing houses to pay back gambling debts he owes. In another ironic twist, the gambling debt he *****, $200,


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