The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

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What is the plot of The Prince and the Pauper?

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The exposition of the story introduces readers to both Tom and Edward. Tom is a pauper and Edward is the Prince of Wales. After that comes a series of rising actions, but the first of those occurs when Tom and Edward realize that they look exactly alike. This then leads to them switching places, but it ends up becoming quite the problem as Tom begins governing quite differently, and Edward struggles with various nefarious characters and an overall inability to get back into the palace.

The climax occurs after the real king dies and Tom is about to be crowned the new king. Edward is finally able to get back and convince everybody that he is the real prince. The falling action sees Tom getting some special treatment that results in being freed from his abusive father, and the book concludes by letting readers know that Edward's short time on the throne was a time full of peace and justice.

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In this novel, Prince Edward, the son of Henry VIII, meets a poor commoner named Tom Canty who looks...

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