The Prince And The Pauper The three main ideas of this book are (1) two boys’ wishes become true but later they don’t enjoy it (2) Be careful what you wish for(3) Always think about what you’re doing first. The two major characters were Tom Canty and Edward, the Prince of Wales. The conflict was between John Canty, Tom’s father, and the prince. The other conflict was between Tom and the lords, servants, the King, and all the royal people in the castle. John Canty, the lords, the servants, the King, and all the royal people in the castle opposed Tom and Edward. Tom and Edward opposed them also.
The characters deal with the situation that they find themselves in by telling the truth. They never stopped telling everyone one who they really were. They insisted saying that there were not who everyone really thought they were. Everyone thought Tom and Edward were both mad. The reason why no one believed them is because they both looked alike and they both had exchanged outfits. They exchanged outfits because Edward wanted to feel how it was to be a pauper and how to live like one and Tom wanted to feel how it was to be a prince, the son of the King, and how to live like one. First Tom was enjoying it because he didn’t have to beg anymore, he ate good food, and he slept in a nice, cozy bed in the King’s palace, but later he didn’t enjoy it because he wanted to go back home to his original family and live the way he used to live.
The Prince of Wales, son of the King, Edward was then living like a Pauper. He was treated badly and never ate anything at all. He was beaten by John Canty, Tom’s father and was always forced to beg. Tom’s mom tried to stop John but John and Tom’s sisters watched in just slapped her horror. Edward didn’t even enjoy being a pauper at least once.
Everyone just thought that Tom and Edward were both mad. They solved the confusion, though. After the King had died and Tom was about to be crowned King of England Edward ran in and said that he was the true King. The royal guards grabbed Edward when suddenly Tom ran to Edward and told the guards to take their hands off of him. He told them that Edward was the true King. The noble advisor saw that Tom and Edward looked alike.
He gave them a test. The test was to tell the noble advisor where was the Great Seal of England. Edward went into the cabinet wher the Great Seal was supposed to be but to his surprise he found it empty. Tom cried out and told Edward to think and remember where he had last put the Seal. Unfortunately Edward remembered where he had put it and he was crowned King and Tom became Edward’s loyal knight.