“Its now who you want to be, but who you are” ThePrince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, is a timeless historical fiction. Writtenby Mark Twain, who’s real name is Samuel Longhorne, Sam commonly wrote aboutthe issues in society, and the inequalities during the pre civil war. The storyfollows Tom, a young and poorly pauper, with grande dreams. Tom, who belongedto the lower social class of society, was given an opportunity.
An opportunitythat would allow him to finally realize his dreams. Tom was a curious, yetambitious and kind young boy. Because of his hard situation, and tough life,this encouraged Tom, to daydream, and wander about in his vivid imagination. Inspiredby Father Andrew and his tales of princes, and dragons, and such, Tom used thesestories as a way of escape.
His interest in Father Andrews stories, stimulatedhis curiosity, and ambition. This was also a way for him to cope with hissituations, of beating, and abuse. Sometimes however, he would let hisimagination get the better of him, and even organize “royal courts” and a mockkingdom. In fact, even began acting different because of this. He talkedimitating a prince, and acted as if he was a prince, even among his fellowpauper peers. Because of this, he was looked up to, and seen as somewhat of ahero, even being asked for advice on certain things.
Even though he was treatedas a hero, he still maintained kindness, and did not abuse this. His kindness was developed, and shown duringhis time as king.His curiosity was further realized when he was curious aboutwhat it would be like to become king.
This is evident by his 1storder of kindness, saying that there shall be no more blood spilled, and deathsfor none apparent reason.The reader can infer, that his ambition to be king andmake 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 onlyhave been done by a pauper that became king, and experienced the hardships. Assuch, his kindness was noticed by the people around him, even those in thepalace, thereby supporting the statement of his kindness. Even though he hadrealized his dream as king, he gave it up to its rightful owner, because of hiskindness.
This was also due to his family, and he did not want to leave them inthat situation, while he was a king. Toms ambition, and curiosity is evident in hisconversation 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 toswitch roles. His conversations about the quality of life, and his control ofhis temper, supports that he dislikes his life, but is kind enough to not to doharm. The reader can also infer that he admires the prince, and his highersocial class.
His admiration of the prince’s clothes in the reflection of themirror further support this claim. It can also be interpreted as his goal, andwhere he would want to be. This furthermore, supports the statement on hisambition, and his curiosity, possibly asking the question “What would happen ifI became king” . This is important because it tackles the societiesissues at the time. Issues as the difference and gap between the social classof the rich and the poor, which is dramatically large.
It can also support themoral, “don’t judge a book by its cover” supported by Tom, a pauper, mistakento be the prince. Another interpretation can be “clothes don’t make a man”, andthat looks don’t make the attitude. This the time before the pre civil war, andthe issues were addressed by writers like Mark Twain. These issues were used tomake aware, the people of the abuse of the time. In conclusion, the importanceof the awareness, of the abuse, and the ideas this gave, about the ruling ofkindness, make it very important and significant.