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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 ***** used in the *****. What are **********, and why did Twain use them? *****'s use ***** irony throughout ***** Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religi*****, and small town America, and helps bring his characters to life.


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

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

***** 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 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 *****, works for a prominent family, the Driscolls, and looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, ***** can pass for white. She trades her ***** with her master's child, who was born on the same day. Her child is now called "Tom," and she raises her master's son as a black child, ***** is now called "Chambers." ***** knows that ***** ***** ***** be ra*****ed as white, and have a better life than she could give him.

***** central ********** of ***** book are evident from the start of the novel, ***** *****y are anything but *****. The action all takes place in this small *****wn, where newcomers ***** 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," Afri*****-Americans know their "place," and the upper class treats the lower strata of society with benign neglect (Skandera-Trombley).

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

Even though Tom is raised as a member of ***** Driscoll f*****mily with every advantage, he does ***** turn out well. ***** 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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