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INTRODUCTION

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 Twain used in the book. What are *****y, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use ***** irony throughout ***** 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

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 small town of Dawson's L*****ing to begin a c*****reer as an **********rney, but ***** townspeople do not understand him, or ***** sense of hum*****, and they ostracize him. He *****es not get work ***** an attorney, and has to take odd jobs around town. He ***** an interest in fingerprinting, and studies ***** 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 by climbing tangles of rose-vines, honeysuckles, and morning-glories" (Twain 5), except it is a town that allows slavery. Roxy ***** 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 white. She trades her child with her master's child, who was born on ***** same day. Her child ***** now called "Tom," and she raises her ***** son as a ***** *****, who is ***** c*****lled "Chambers." ***** knows that her ***** will be ra*****ed as white, and have a better life than she could give him.

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

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

***** we see ***** views on slavery, and ironies ***** still existed after the emancipation of slaves at the end of ***** Civil War. ***** wrote ***** book in the 1890s, when slavery had been outlawed ***** over thirty years. He set it in the 1830s, when ***** was still legal, to show that even though ***** were free, *****hing much had changed. Blacks were still treated as second-class citizens, not much *****ly than he portrays t*****m in the novel.

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

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