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The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain
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The Prince and the Pauper

It is a complicated task to identify specific moral lessons in Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper, as the work was intended as a satirical work instead of a moral tale. However, in...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021, 3:39 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The role of justice, judgment, and mercy is one of the recurring themes in The Prince and the Pauper. Throughout this book, the reader learns about how the reign of King Henry VIII is ripe with...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2022, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Edward Tudor is a curious prince. When he sees the poor Tom Canty, he wants to know more about what his life is like. The boy, though Edward's age, seems to have led a completely different life,...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2021, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

While there are many sharp contrasts between Tom Canty's real life and the life he leads in his dreams, surprisingly there are some comparisons. Although Tom is abused, starved, and fairly...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In the novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Offal Court is literally an awful place. It is not far from London Bridge and is comprised of "very narrow, crooked, and dirty streets." Tom...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Tom is a completely lovable character and that is why the reader will find himself/herself rooting so strongly for his rags to riches story. Tom Canty is the pauper that the book's title refers to....

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

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...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper is the tale of two innocent young boys trapped in their individual worlds. Each boy dreams about what it would be like to live the lifestyle of the other. The...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Prince Edward is an interesting character. On the simplest level, he moves from being the spoiled son of a king, arrogant and used to having his own way, to becoming a humbler, more compassionate...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Tom the pauper and Prince Edward have completely different backgrounds. They were both born on the same day and even resembled each other, but Tom was not wanted by his family while Edward was the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, prince Edward Tudor trades clothing with beggar Tom Canty after the two see each other from opposite sides of the palace fence. They are fascinated by...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

I think that some of the lessons learned by Edward and Tom are moral lessons. I believe that one lesson that both boys learn is to not make immediate, snap judgments based on only outward...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2017, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

There are multiple literary devices found in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper. In the opening passage of the text, one can find imagery. Imagery is the use of descriptive language which...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2012, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper is the story of two boys, one a prince and one a pauper, who trade clothes one day and, because they look identically alike, inadvertently assume each other’s identities....

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The first appearance of the young Prince Edward in the story comes in chapter 3, when Tom has made his way to the palace. He is excited by the idea that he might catch a glimpse of a real live...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

I would have to say that Edward, Prince of Wales, matures the most throughout the novel. Edward had good manners throughout the book due to his training as a prince. He deepens and matures through...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2016, 4:01 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain's social satire, The Prince and the Pauper presents both Edward Tudor and Tom Canty as alike in many ways. However, they both conflict with the societies in which they are thrust. That...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Henry VIII, exchanges clothes with Tom Canty, a poor beggar boy who looks very much like him. In his ragged clothes, Edward is mistaken for a beggar and...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Regarding the first part of the question that asks what Tom Canty and Edward Tudor look like, the story gives readers almost zero information about what they look like. We aren't even given an eye...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

On a surface level, nobody can identify Tom Canty and Prince Edward when they switch places because, through a twist of fate, they look exactly alike and were born on the same day. It is as if they...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020, 11:38 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In chapter 14 of The Prince and the Pauper, Tom suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself crowned as the King of England due to the death of Prince Edward's father. That very morning, Tom is...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

As the Prince, Tom Canty shows mercy to a number of people from Chapters 1-15. These people include a whipping boy, and a man and a woman and her daughter who are sentenced for execution. The...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2009, 1:09 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In The Prince and the Pauper, Edward Tudor has character traits that one would associate with a prince who is the heir to the throne of England, such as a pride, but he is also compassionate and...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2022, 4:18 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain’s stories are renowned for their comic tone. Tone is a literary device that establishes the author’s attitude and creates the effect that the work is intended to have on the reader. Tone...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2021, 12:21 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

It is apparently an expected courtesy afforded British royalty during those times that their subjects refrain from addressing them directly. In Chapter 10, not only does John Canty speak to Edward...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009, 11:37 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In this book, the search for the Great Seal is one of the major actions. It is how they eventually decide that the real prince is telling the truth about his identity. At one point in the book,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010, 11:22 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

A main theme, as relevant to our time as to Twain's, is the importance to leadership of knowing the lives of the people you lead. Prince Edward is not a bad soul, but he is isolated and out of...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2020, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In The Prince and the Pauper, Edward first meets Tom when he sees a soldier snatch him away from the gate and exclaims: How dar’st thou use a poor lad like that? How dar’st thou use the King my...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2022, 8:30 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Edward's mother, Jane Seymour, is mentioned only once in Mark Twain's first historical novel, The Prince and the Pauper. There's no mention of her in chapter 1, "The birth of the Prince and the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Tom Canty was born in a poor family. He was expected to beg for alms in the streets in order to supplement the family’s income; if he failed, he would be thrashed by his father and grandmother. He...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 10:04 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The two lords assigned to Prince Tom, Lord St. John and Lord Hertford, actually discuss their misgivings as to whether Tom is really the prince in Chapter 6. Lord St. John thinks it is "strange"...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2009, 9:05 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Edward's arrest, which occurs at the end of chapter 22, is the result of a set-up. Hugo has had it out for Edward for a while. He is determined to frame the young King for a crime and succeeds in...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Twain's intent in showing the blackmailing scene between the constable and the woman appears to have two components. The first is to advance the structure of the story, and the second is to...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009, 10:20 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Tom Canty displayed a thirst for knowledge by reading widely and consulting those in the position to help him in his quest. In leadership, some level of knowledge and wisdom is required in order to...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016, 9:32 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The first meeting between the Prince Edward Tudor and the pauper Tom Canty becomes an act of mercy on the part of Edward. Tom is peeking through the crowd, trying to catch a glimpse of the prince,...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012, 12:00 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

We are not exactly told why Tom denies his mother while he is on his way to be crowned king. However, we can infer his motives by looking at how he feels after he denies her. Right after Tom...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2011, 1:20 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

When Humphrey first enters the room, Tom is confused. He has never met Humphrey and asks who he is. Humphrey, of course, thinks he is talking to Edward, and is surprised he is not recognized. Tom...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Tom Canty's time as king is shaped by the reality that he is not actually the prince who has grown up being groomed for the position and accustomed to all the ways of the royal court. Having grown...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

It would not be credible if a king and an adult pauper were to exchange clothes and identities in a story, but the principal characters in The Prince and the Pauper are just a couple of kids and do...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2016, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The author attempted to disclose the problematic laws in England during that era and apply them to the monarchy and also show how the situation impacted on the rest of the people. Thus the author...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015, 3:56 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In The Prince and the Pauper, satire is warranted in a couple of distinct ways. One particular way is in how Twain wishes to make the distinction between money and value. The idea of a person's...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2013, 10:37 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper is, of course, a story about role reversal and learning empathy for others. Tom Canty, a poor boy who has spent his young life dreaming about living a life of...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Miles Hendon is heroic in his protection of Prince Edward when the young prince is thrown on the streets to fend for himself. Everyone thinks he is Tom Canty, not the heir to the throne, but Miles...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In chapter 25 of The Prince and the Pauper, Miles and Edward reach Hendon Hall. Miles has been away for several years, initially banished by his father, who believed that he was planning to elope....

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019, 12:33 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

In chapter 27, Edward gets a firsthand look at the suffering that unjust laws cause in his kingdom. As the young son of King Henry VIII, Edward has led a charmed life throughout his childhood....

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The story is a modern cautionary tale of humility and gratitude, as well as compassion; how can anyone know these feelings unless one has walked in the shoes of someone less fortunate? Both Tom and...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015, 4:04 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

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...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2012, 4:20 am (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain's subtle satire is at work in this poignant, but humorous at times, tale of two boys who exchange places. With Twain's characteristic cynicism, The Prince and the Pauper exposes many of...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2015, 6:48 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Tom Canty is an unwanted child born into deep poverty “in a foul little pocket called Offal Court.” Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII, is the long-awaited male heir to the English throne. Both...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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The Prince and the Pauper

The young Prince Edward has been roughing it on the streets with a ragtag band of juvenile delinquents. They've been going round causing trouble, terrorizing the neighborhood, and thieving merrily...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 8:51 am (UTC)

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