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A Character Analysis of Tom Driscoll


In Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, the story of two boys, who were switched at early
childhood, is told. One of these boys, Tom Driscoll, displays many characteristics in the
novel. Tom shows how he is rude and a liar, but he also exhibits his ability to change his
ways.


From his childhood to his later years, it was evident that Tom Driscoll was a rude
character. For example, during his childhood, Tom and Chambers (the boy with whom Tom was
switched with and who was also Tom's slave) always went an "played" together. On such
instance was when they went swimming with Tom's friends and were diving off of canoes.
Chambers was an excellent diver, however, Tom could not dive for it gave him splitting
headaches. And for this reason (Chambers could do something that Tom could not do), Tom
pushed the canoe under Chambers as he was in a mid-air dive. The result was that Chambers
was unconscious and Tom's spirit was gratified. Later on, when they were about fifteen,
the boys were swimming in the river as usual, Tom fell ill to a cramp in the water and
Chambers saved his life. Instead of being grateful to Chambers and thanking him, Tom said
that "anybody but a blockheaded nigger would have known he was funning and left him [Tom]
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