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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 book. What are *****y, and why did Twain use them? Twain's use ***** irony throughout Pudd'nhead Wilson vividly illustrates Twain's feelings on race, religi*****, and small *****wn America, and helps bring his characters to life.


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

The s*****ry of Pudd'nhead Wilson seems simple enough at first glance. David "Pudd'nhead" Wilson comes to the small town of Dawson's L*****ing to begin a career as an at*****rney, but ***** *****speople do not understand him, or his sense of humor, and they ostracize him. He ********** 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, "it 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 is a sl*****ve woman who lives in *****, works for a prominent family, the Driscolls, ***** looks white. She gives birth to a child who is one-sixteenth black, and can pass ***** *****. She trades her child with ***** master's child, who was born on ***** same day. Her child is now called "Tom," and she raises her ***** son as a black child, ***** is ***** called "Chambers." She knows that her ***** ***** be ra*****ed as white, and have a *****tter life th*****n she could give him.

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

***** 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*****-Americans know their "*****," ***** the upper cl*****s treats the lower strata of society with benign neglect (Skandera-Trombley).

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

Even though Tom is raised as a member ***** ***** Driscoll family with every advantage, he does ***** 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 *****, $200,


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