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by Mark Twain

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Did the main characters in The Prince and the Pauper try to lead a moral life?

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I think that Twain is seeking to make the argument that in a political sense, morality is defined by just rulers.  In this sense, both Edward and Tom Canty do seek to lead moral lives.  When Tom assumes political leadership, he does not display corrupt virtues.  He does not use the political trust to make himself benefit.  Rather, he rules in a just and politically moral way.  When confronted with the right thing to do, Tom does not conceal the truth.  In this, he acts in both a ethically moral manner as well as in a politically...

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