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In 1894 Mark Twain had a story published called Puddnhead Wilson Its a story about a small Mississippi town where a slave named Roxy switches her baby with her masters baby Puddnhead is actually very intelligent but people are so judgmental when he makes a comment about something that no one else understands they automatically assume he is dumb One of Puddnheads hobbies is collecting fingerprints and he has managed to collect the prints of the entire town No one else realizes the babies are switched but Puddnhead and when the time is right he lets everyone else know too Twain was a realist because he showed some of the characteristics of realism in his works such as humans begin as a blank slate whose reality is shaped by experience and he like other realistic writers concentrate on specific regions of the county and their custom social status dialect and types of humor In Puddnhead Wilson Twain shows that humans begin as blank slates whose realities are shaped by their experiences She undressed Thomas Becket stripping him of everything and put the tow-linen shirt on him She put his coral necklace on her own childs neck 36 This shows how equal the babies really were even though one baby was technically black and how they were easily interchangeable and no one noticed Their lives were picked for them when they were born but no one could tell them apart so they both could have lead totally different lives That was reason enough for a mother to love a child so she loved him and told him so It made him wince secretly - for she was a nigger That he was one himself was far from reconciling him to that despised race 123 This proves how different the boys grew up to be because they didnt know who they really were either They were clean slates when they were born and neither
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