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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 *****y, 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

The story of Pudd'nhead Wilson seems simple enough at first glance. David "Pudd'nhead" ***** comes to the ***** town of Dawson's Landing to begin a career as an **********rney, but ***** *****speople do not understand him, or ***** sense of humor, and they 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 town, "***** was a snug little collection of modest one-*****nd two-storey frame dwellings whose whitewashed exteriors were almost concealed from sight ***** 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 town, 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 ***** same day. Her child is now called "Tom," and she raises her ***** son as a bl*****ck child, who is ***** called "Chambers." She knows that her ***** will be raised as white, and have a *****tter life th*****n ***** could give *****.

The central *****es of the book are evident from ***** start of the novel, and ***** ***** anything but *****. 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 to be in order and everyone is carefully controlled: women are firmly deposited in their "sphere," Afri*****-*****ns know their "*****," and the upper cl*****s treats the lower strata of society with benign neglect (Skandera-Trombley).

***** we see ***** views on slavery, and ironies that still ex*****ted after the emancipation ***** slaves at the end of ***** Civil War. ***** wrote this book in the 1890s, when ***** had been outlawed ***** over thirty years. He set it ***** the 1830s, when it was ***** legal, ***** 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.

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


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