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INTRODUCTION

***** 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 of irony throughout ***** Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religion, and small *****wn America, and helps bring his characters to life.

IRONY IN PUDD'NHEAD WILSON

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

The s*****ry of Pudd'nhead Wilson seems simple enough at first glance. David "Pudd'nhead" ***** comes to the ***** town ***** Dawson's L*****ing to begin a career as an at*****rney, but the *****speople do not understand him, or his sense of humor, and ***** 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 ***** 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 ***** climbing tangles ***** rose-vines, honeysuckles, and morning-glories" (Twain 5), except it is a town that allows slavery. Roxy ***** a sl*****ve woman who lives in *****, works for a prominent family, ***** Driscolls, ***** looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, and can pass for white. She trades her ***** 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, ***** is now called "Chambers." She knows that ***** son will be raised as white, and have a better life th*****n she could give *****.

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

When the reader is first introduced to the world of Daw*****'s Landing, everything appears to be in order and everyone is carefully controlled: women are firmly deposited ***** their "sphere," Afri*****-*****ns know their "place," ***** the upper class treats the lower strata of society ***** benign neglect (Skandera-Trombley).

***** we see ***** views on slavery, and ironies that still existed after the emancipation ***** slaves at the end of the Civil War. ***** wrote ***** book in the 1890s, when slavery had been outlawed for over thirty years. He set it in the 1830s, when ***** 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 Tom is raised as a member of ***** Driscoll f*****mily with every advantage, he ***** ***** turn out well. ***** begins a life of robbing houses to pay back gambling debts he owes. In another ironic twist, the gambling debt he *****, $200,

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