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INTRODUCTION

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 Twain used in the *****. What are they, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use ***** irony throughout Pudd'nhead Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religi*****, and small town America, and helps bring his characters to life.

***** IN PUDD'NHEAD WILSON

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

The story of ***** Wilson seems simple enough at first glance. David "Pudd'nhead" ***** comes to the small town of Dawson's L*****ing to begin a career as an at*****rney, but the *****speople do not understand him, or ***** sense of hum*****, and ********** ostracize him. He ********** not get work ***** an attorney, and has to take odd jobs around town. He has an interest in fingerprinting, and studies that 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 of rose-vines, honeysuckles, and morning-glories" (Twain 5), except it is 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 white. 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 ***** son as a black child, ***** is ***** called "Chambers." ***** knows that ***** ***** ***** be raised as white, and have a better life than ***** could give *****.

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

When 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," Afri*****-*****ns know ***** "*****," and the upper cl*****s treats the lower strata of society with benign neglect (Sk*****era-Trombley).

***** we see Twain's views on slavery, and ironies that still existed after the emancipation ***** slaves at the end of the Civil War. Twain wrote ***** book in the 1890s, when slavery had been outlawed ***** over thirty years. He set it ***** the 1830s, when ***** was ***** legal, to show that even though ***** were free, nothing 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 ***** every advantage, he does not turn out well. ***** begins a ***** of robbing ho*****s to pay back gambling debts he owes. In another ironic twist, the gambling debt he owes, $200,

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