Certainly race was still a pressing contemporary issue for Twain at the time: by Reconstruction had failed and race relations in the United States were a mess. I shall charm the reader with my unusual observations, sly comments, humane nature, and my prescient knowledge and use of finger-printing - all of this despite the derision of my fellows.
At the same time, as a white man, he is essentially excluded from the company of blacks. He is kind and always respectful towards Tom but receives brutal treatment by his master. The judge is childless and sad, and wants to prevent the young man Tom Driscoll from selling Chambers downriver.
The idea of being able to start over is continuously interrogated in American literature. In a courtroom scene, the whole mystery is solved when Wilson demonstrates, through fingerprints, both that Tom is the murderer, and not the true Driscoll heir. Instead, he was relegated to the "Colored" car.
Major themes[ edit ] Mark Twain whispers into your ear as you read his preface to the book, whose first edition features such marginal illustrations on every page.
They say they want to relax after years of traveling the world. Echoes of Franklin can be seen in the eccentric, scientifically-minded Pudd'nhead Wilson, whose writings mirror Franklin's and whose careful analysis and re-categorization of the world around him is also reminiscent of the American icon.
The characters of Luigi and Angelo remain in Pudd'nhead Wilson, as twins with separate bodies. In Pudd'nhead Wilson, Twain delivers a scathing critique of slavery and race relations in the American South.
The child grows to be spoiled and cruel, treating his own mother with disdain until he learns the truth of his birth. He died soon afterward, followed by his wife.