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The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
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Oct 24, 2011

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The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, tell a story of two boys born on the same day, Edward Tudor, the son of King Henry VII and Tom Canty, a poor unloved peasant. Both boys meet in Edward's palace and switch clothes curious about each others different life. They soon get mistaken for each other because of their clothes. Edward Tudor must survive the harsh life of a poor beggar while Tom Canty lives in a dream palace as Edward. One King Henry VII dies, Tom Canty is now supposedly king. Edward tries to go back to the palace but no one believes he is king and the guards keep Edward away. Miles Hendon a good friend of Edward Tudor and decides to help him get home. The stories of the two boys continue with obstacles and experiences that change them for the better. This novel is for all ages, but mainly focused for children as a children’s book. Twain hides a political message behind this children’s book because he wanted to point out how Kings and Queens run and how a monarchy is not a good form of government. A main theme in the Prince and the Pauper is that many people are quick to judge on appearances. Everyone in the story believed Edward Tudor was Tom Canty and Tom was Edward only because of their clothes and appearances.
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