Monday, May 9, 2011
So Fresh and Soo Clean
I am choosing to write about the role of cloths in The Prince and the Pauper. Clothing is a very important part of the way people are treated in the book. In the Prince and the Pauper Tom Canty, the pauper trades cloths with the prince of England, Edward. The two boys features are strickingly similar and the only difference is the cloths that they wore. After they switched the guards mistake the Prince for Tom because he is wearing rags. The prince is promptly kicked out of the palace and Tom is now believed to be the true prince. This theme of the cloths make the man is very common in Mark Twains stories. Another story where this is a theme is in the million pound bank note. When the poor man goes to buy things in his rags people laugh and do not treat him kindly but after he has purchased a suit on credit all stores treat him like royalty. The Prince and the Pauper has a similar theme. For even though Tom claims many times throughout the story that he is not the Prince they all believe that he has gone mad because he looks so much like the Prince.