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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 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, religion, and small town America, and helps bring his characters to life.


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

***** 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 attorney, but ***** townspeople do not understand him, or his sense of humor, and they ostracize him. He does not get work as an *****, and h***** to take odd jobs around town. He *****as 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 by climbing tangles ***** rose-vines, honeysuckles, and morning-glories" (Twain 5), except it ***** a town that allows slavery. Roxy is a slave 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 ***** *****. She trades her ***** with ***** 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 bl*****ck *****, ***** is now called "Chambers." ***** knows that ***** son will be ra*****ed as white, and have a better life th*****n she could give *****.

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

***** ***** 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 ***** their "sphere," African-Americans know their "place," ***** the upper cl*****s treats the lower strata of society with benign neglect (Skandera-Trombley).

Immediately we see ***** views on slavery, and ironies ***** still existed after the emancipation ***** slaves at the end of ***** Civil War. ***** wrote ***** book in the 1890s, when ***** had been outlawed for over thirty years. He set it ***** the 1830s, when it 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 *****m in t***** novel.

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


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