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***** 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 book. What are *****y, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use of irony throughout ***** Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religi*****, and small *****wn America, and helps bring his characters to life.


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

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

***** Landing 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 ***** climbing tangles ***** rose-vines, honeysuckles, and morning-glories" (Twain 5), except it is a town that allows slavery. Roxy ***** a slave woman who lives in *****, works for a prominent family, the Driscolls, ***** looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, and can pass for *****. She trades her ***** with ***** master's child, who was born on the same day. Her child is now called "Tom," and she raises her ***** son as a black *****, who is now called "Chambers." ***** knows that her ***** ***** be ra*****ed as white, and have a *****tter life th*****n ***** could give *****.

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

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

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

Even *****hough Tom is raised as a member ***** the Driscoll f*****mily with every advantage, he ***** not turn out well. ***** begins a life of robbing ho*****s to pay back gambling debts he owes. In another ironic twist, the gambling debt he *****, $200,


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