Pudd'nhead Wilson: Slavery


One would expect a novel written with a setting in ante-bellum
south to discuss issues dealing with slavery. This is exactly what Mark
Twain did in his novel Pudd'nhead Wilson. The following discusses the
topic of slavery and how it was used in Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Pudd'nhead Wilson is the story of two boys, one a black slave and
the other a white man, switched at birth. Tom, the slave who is living
"white" with his foster father, his uncle, goes unnoticed in this
condition for all of his life. However, Tom has several bad habits,
mostly gambling, that eventually cost him his freedom. He racks up large
gambling debts, and in an effort to pay them off sells his own mother ...

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is set
free.

The issue of slavery comes up throughout the novel. The reality of
slavery is shown in many places in the novel. There are two main aspects
of slavery dealt with most realistically in the novel: sex, and violence.
The reality of sex between slaveholder's and slaves is a main point in the
novel due to the fact that "Roxy", a black slave woman, conceives the child
of an influential white man. This almost certainly was a reality in the
ante-bellum south. For evidence of this one has to look no further than
one of the country's first presidents, Thomas Jefferson and his illicit
affair with a slave that produced some offspring. As for violence in the
novel Valet de Chambre is abused with beatings by his master, Tom, and in
one incident is stabbed with a pocket knife.

Most people today, except for a few stupid rednecks that must wear
white bags over their heads to keep the air from escaping their skulls,
believe that slavery is an immoral under any ...

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