The Prince and the Pauper

Clothing and Mannerisms in The Prince and the Pauper 8th Grade

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain tells the story of a prince, named Edward, and a pauper, named Tom, who switch identities out of curiosity. Both living in 16th century England, the lifestyles they had lived were very different. Tom grew up in a small part of the country named Offal Court, where people would beg all along the streets and wore rags. On the other hand, Edward was born in a large castle, where many were dressed in robes and silk. When the boys switched places, they soon realized their lifestyles were very different. The life of a pauper was very different from the life of a king, from the clothing to the way they act in general. When they first switched, they wanted to go back home and told many their true story. Many times in the book, Edward and Tom were not believed when they told their true story. The main reason for this is their clothing. In this time period, clothing was a big part of how you were seen, as portrayed in the book. How you were brought up and how you acted also played a big part in how people saw you.

In the novel, many times Edward and Tom were not believed when they told their true identity. Although it happens more with Tom than with Edward, they both share the same situations, even...

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