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Would Anyone Care for Some Puddin on Their Head In Puddnhead Wilson Mark Twain takes the different types of irony- verbal situational and dramatic- and uses them as an escape He tries to explain the life of African- Americans through the satire of Caucasians Set in antebellum Missouri Twain tells his story through the eyes of Puddnhead Wilson Twain satirizes whites more specifically the whites of the slave holding south This is brought out originally in the scene where Wilson receives his name The serious attitudes of property prevents the white townspeople from understanding the joke Wilson makes about the dog It is apparent that Twain is pointing out the stupidity of the townspeople rather than that of Wilson Not only are the townspeople ignorant to the fact of Wilsons intelligence but they are also ignorant to the fact of Roxys ingenious Twain also shows Roxy as a black that is in a small way superior to the townsfolk She is able to outsmart the entire town including her own master by switching her own child with her masters son Ironically the only white who figures out this scheme is Wilson the person the townspeople labels a puddnhead Here Twain again satirizes the whites of the south by showing their ignorance These people are so preoccupied with the idea of race yet they cannot tell the difference between a person they would label a nigger and the person they would consider a white Twain also raises some questions regarding the nature of race Are their innate qualities of race or does it depend entirely on upbringing Twain questions nature versus nurture In the story Tom is a white boy that possesses black blood and Chambers is white Twain spends some time comparing these boys as they grow up He says Tom was a bad baby from the very beginning He was given anything he desired Tom grew to be small and weak while
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