The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

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Compare and contrast the main characters of Tom Canty and Edward Tudor in The Prince and the Pauper.

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The physical comparison of these two characters is quite easy to do. They look identical to each other, and that is something that is pointed out to readers and the boys in chapter 3.

Thou hast the same hair, the same eyes, the same voice and manner, the
same form and stature, the same face and countenance that I bear. Fared we forth naked, there is none could say which was you, and which the Prince of Wales.

Other than that, the boys are quite different from each other. They have completely different socioeconomic experiences. Edward is a prince, and his every need is met. Tom struggles to obtain the basic necessities for life. If anybody should harbor angry feelings at the world and the people around him, it should be Tom; however, readers will quickly come to see that Edward's life of entitlement has developed him into a classic jerk. He is ignorant of the world around him, he's full of pride, and he's incredibly selfish. It's one of the reasons why in chapter 10 he is still blaming...

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