The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain Essay

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The pre 1914 novel I have chosen to write about is The Prince and the
Pauper by Mark Twain

Pre 1914 Coursework on ‘The Prince And The Pauper’

The pre 1914 novel I have chosen to write about is ‘The Prince And
The Pauper’ by Mark Twain. ‘The Prince And The Pauper’ was written in
1882, it was set in the time of King Henry VIII. It is a commentary on the social issues and relationships at that time. I have chosen to write about this novel, because it describes many of the social situations that are still around today.

The story is about a poor boy who longed to live the life of a prince.
All his life he had begged on the street. His father was a lazy man who refused to work, and if the boys did not bring home money, he
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‘I’m the prince. Your son is in Westminster Palace. Take me there and bring him home.’

When at last Tom went to bed, he wished he could go and be with his friends. ‘The clothes are beautiful and it’s a beautiful house, and the food is nice, but I don’t like being prince. I wish I could go back to Pudding
Lane and play with the other boys and swim in the river.’

The story teaches many lessons and morals, Edward was judged by his outer appearance and nobody listened to him. The importance of image, and how you present yourself. When the prince stood inside the palace, in Tom’s clothes he ordered the guards to open the gate. As soon as he walked past the guards, they hit him on the head. The brutal nature of poverty and equality, turned people against there family and friends because of what they wore or how much money they had. This behaviour is still shown in today’s society; however there are some people who are still have some human capacity. Father Andrew was one of those people who could rise above poverty and hardship. In chapter six, Tom Chanty’s father was dragging him threw the street and the crowd of people cheered his father on, in this brutal act. All except for father Andrew,

‘Let him go, let the boy go free!’

Another act of kindness was when Miles Hendon helped the prince in chapter 7. An angry mob of people threw stones and knocked the prince out. Hendon stood over him and fought.

‘I don’t know whether you are

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