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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 ***** used in the book. 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.

IRONY IN PUDD'NHEAD WILSON

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

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

Dawson's 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 ***** 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, ***** Driscolls, ***** looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, and can pass ***** 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 ***** *****, who is ***** called "Chambers." ***** knows that her ***** will be raised as white, and have a better life than ***** could give him.

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

When the 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 in their "sphere," Afri*****-*****ns know their "place," 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 that 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 in the 1830s, when ***** was still legal, to show that even though slaves were free, *****hing much had changed. Blacks were still treated as second-class citizens, not much *****ly than he portrays them in the novel.

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

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