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INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the book "The Tragedy ***** Pudd'nhead Wilson," by Mark Twain. Specifically, it will trace the different types of irony that Twain used in the book. What are *****y, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use of irony throughout Pudd'nhead Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religi*****, and small town America, and helps bring his characters to life.

IRONY IN PUDD'NHEAD WILSON

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

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

***** Land*****g is an idyllic *****, "***** was a snug little collection of modest one-*****nd 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, ***** looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, and can pass for *****. She trades her child with her master's child, who was born on ***** same day. Her child is now called "Tom," and she raises her ***** son as a ***** *****, who is now called "Chambers." She knows that ***** ***** ***** be raised as white, and have a better life than ***** could give *****.

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

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

***** we see ***** views on slavery, and ironies that still existed after the emancipation ***** slaves at the end of the Civil War. ***** wrote this book in the 1890s, when slavery had been outlawed ***** over thirty years. He set it in the 1830s, when ***** was still legal, ***** show that even though slaves were free, nothing much had changed. Blacks were still treated as second-class citizens, not ***** *****ly than he portrays them in the novel.

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

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