A Timeless and Innovative Descriptive Essay, About Tom, From the Prince and the Pauper

“Its now who you want to be, but who you are” The
Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, is a timeless historical fiction. Written
by Mark Twain, who’s real name is Samuel Longhorne, Sam commonly wrote about
the issues in society, and the inequalities during the pre civil war. The story
follows Tom, a young and poorly pauper, with grande dreams. Tom, who belonged
to the lower social class of society, was given an opportunity. An opportunity
that would allow him to finally realize his dreams. Tom was a curious, yet
ambitious and kind young boy.


Because of his hard situation, and tough life,
this encouraged Tom, to daydream, and wander about in his vivid imagination. Inspired
by Father Andrew and his tales of princes, and dragons, and such, Tom used these
stories as a way of escape.His interest in Father Andrews stories, stimulated
his curiosity, and ambition. This was also a way for him to cope with his
situations, of beating, and abuse. Sometimes however, he would let his
imagination get the better of him, and even organize “royal courts” and a mock
kingdom. In fact, even began acting different because of this. He talked
imitating a prince, and acted as if he was a prince, even among his fellow
pauper peers. Because of this, he was looked up to, and seen as somewhat of a
hero, even being asked for advice on certain things. Even though he was treated
as a hero, he still maintained kindness, and did not abuse this.


His kindness was developed, and shown during
his time as king.His curiosity was further realized when he was curious about
what it would be like to become king. This is evident by his 1st
order of kindness, saying that there shall be no more blood spilled, and deaths
for none apparent reason.The reader can infer, that his ambition to be king and
make a better society, is evident with this action. This is a very different,
and dramatic change from the previous king, who wanted to behead those guilty,
and as such was noticed by the people around him. The sudden change could only
have been done by a pauper that became king, and experienced the hardships. As
such, his kindness was noticed by the people around him, even those in the
palace, thereby supporting the statement of his kindness. Even though he had
realized his dream as king, he gave it up to its rightful owner, because of his
kindness. This was also due to his family, and he did not want to leave them in
that situation, while he was a king.


Toms ambition, and curiosity is evident in his
conversation with the prince. His agreement with the prince to switch clothes,
supports his curiosity, as he was curious to what would happen if they were to
switch roles. His conversations about the quality of life, and his control of
his temper, supports that he dislikes his life, but is kind enough to not to do
harm. The reader can also infer that he admires the prince, and his higher
social class. His admiration of the prince’s clothes in the reflection of the
mirror further support this claim. It can also be interpreted as his goal, and
where he would want to be. This furthermore, supports the statement on his
ambition, and his curiosity, possibly asking the question “What would happen if
I became king” .



This is important because it tackles the societies
issues at the time. Issues as the difference and gap between the social class
of the rich and the poor, which is dramatically large. It can also support the
moral, “don’t judge a book by its cover” supported by Tom, a pauper, mistaken
to be the prince. Another interpretation can be “clothes don’t make a man”, and
that looks don’t make the attitude. This the time before the pre civil war, and
the issues were addressed by writers like Mark Twain. These issues were used to
make aware, the people of the abuse of the time. In conclusion, the importance
of the awareness, of the abuse, and the ideas this gave, about the ruling of
kindness, make it very important and significant.