Pudd'nhead Wilson Topics for Discussion

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What is this novel about? Why is the novel titled Pudd'nhead Wilson when Wilson is a minor character for the majority of the novel? Who is Tom Driscoll? Why is the novel not named for him? How does Wilson get the reputation of being unintelligent? Does Wilson deserve this reputation? Why does the reputation not change for more than twenty years? What finally causes the reputation to change?

Who is Tom Driscoll? Who is Tom's mother? Why did Tom's mother switch him with another child? What was Tom's mother hoping to accomplish with this change? Did she achieve her desired end? Why or why not?

What does Tom's behavior toward his uncle say about his birth? What is Twain trying to say about slavery? Does Twain mean to imply that a child of a slave will always behave unlawfully? If so, why? Do you believe this to...

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