In the beginning of the play the pauper meets the prince. After they talk about their differences in like they decide to switch places. Then every body thought that pauper tom was the prince and the prince was the pauper
Then after the prince and the pauper switched lives the prince was told to act like the pauper and steal food from other people.
When coronation day comes the prince is not there. Tom the pauper doesn't know what to do. He is nervous and is afraid that he will be crowned instead of the prince. Then the prince shows up.
The guard then tries to kick out tom because he finds out that he is not the prince. Then the prince stands up and lets tom stay because he said Tom saved his life.
After everything the king is crowned and Tom gets on his knees and kisses the kings hands and the king honors Tom with a Kings Ward.
The theme or overall lesson you can get from this play is be thankful for what you have and who you are.