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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 Twain used in the *****. What are they, and why did Twain use them? *****'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.


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

***** s*****ry of ***** 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 at*****rney, but ***** *****speople do not understand him, or ***** sense of hum*****, and they ostracize him. He does not get work as an attorney, and h***** 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, "it was a snug l*****tle 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, and looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, ***** can pass ***** white. She trades her child with ***** master's child, who was born on the same day. Her child ***** now called "Tom," and she raises her master's son as a ***** child, who is ***** c*****lled "Chambers." She knows that ***** ***** ***** be raised as white, and have a *****tter life th*****n she could give him.

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

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

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

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


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