Mark Twain is considered not only one of the most well-known American authors in history, but also one of the most recognizable figures in American history (Hannibal). Twain is most well-known for his stories, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” although, his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was the story that gave him his big break and got his name on the map. Though it is not very long, it has a lot of insight and Twain uses a lot of symbolism.
Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1835, in Florida, Missouri as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. When Twain was four, his family (including his six siblings) picked up and moved to Hannibal, Missouri, to try and find a better living situation. He spent most of his boyhood on the West bank of the Mississippi River. His father passed away when Twain was twelve and he then started apprenticing at a print shop. It was there that Twain found humorous southern tall tales, poems, and jokes in the literature of the newspaper. These stories educated him and made him the great writer. Twain did a lot of traveling including going west to California and Hawaii, and even to other countries. Twain also held a lot of different jobs along the way. While visiting California, in 1865, Twain heard the tale “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by a local miner. This story really turned the tide for Twain and got his name out there.
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was Twain’s first literary success and started his road to fame (American). This short story is a great piece that has humor, and a good moral to it. It is short enough to keep a newspaper readers attention, but also has a lot of information in a well-plotted story. The story starts with the narrator, who is from the east, stopping at a bar in the western town of Angel’s mining camp. He starts... [continues]
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