During the time it was written (1855-57), social class dominated social life at all levels.
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain published a few decades later, on the other hand, belongs to the detective genre and deals with the issues of racism and identity. It was Twain's singular achievement to poignantly capture the real nature of racism during the late nineteenth century. Roxy, a young slave woman, fearing for the life of her new-born, exchanges her son with her master's. From this rather simple basic plot Mark Twain creates one of his most entertaining, yet thoughtful novels. Although written nearly forty years after the end of the Civil War, racism was still a predominant issue affecting American society. By 1893-94, when the novel was written, racial discrimination was rampant in American society although buying and selling of slaves was prohibited. This fear and apprehension is poignantly brought out in the anxiety felt by Percy Driscoll's slave, Roxy. "Percy Driscoll slept well the night he saved his house minions from going down the river, but no wink of sleep visited Roxy's eyes. A profound terror had taken possession of her. Her child could grow up and be sold down the river! The thought crazed her with horror."
So while Little Dorrit highlights the deficiencies of the British society in the nineteenth century Pudd'nhead Wi ...Show more