How Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog is a reflection of realism, but also has a hint of naturalism. * The first reason I believe that realism is exemplified is the way in which the story is set up: two men engaging in conversation, with basic and general mannerisms for the era and time which it takes place. Also, realism also usually reflects dialect and culture (as can naturalism) which is clearly portrayed. “Well, thish-yer Smiley…”(Lauter 58) and “I’ve got my opinion, and I’ll resk forty dollars that he can outjump ary frog in Calaveras county” (Lauter 59) are both examples of dialect. * The second reason that I believe realism is portrayed might be a bit of a stretch and outside the box but it is because of the names of the pets. At first I didn’t think much of the name “Andrew Jackson” (the dog) besides it resembled a former U.S. President. As I read the story a second time, I realized that the traits of the dog were similar to those of Andrew Jackson the President. This led me to wonder about the name Daniel Webster, which I had not heard of but thought there might be some connection. After some quick research, it turns out Daniel Webster was a senator and figure from the Civil War Era (Biography.com). Webster (the senator) also had traits that were clearly portrayed the Webster the frog. * I believe there are a few small hints of naturalism in the sense that Jim Smiley is an uncontrollable addict of gambling and just how crazy people are for money and thrill, which exemplifies uncontrollable
better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born. At the age of four, his family moved to Hannibal, a bustling town near the Mississippi River. When his father, John Clemons, died, his mother Jane became head of the household. The Clemens family was forced into years of economic struggle, which would help shape Mark’s career. Violence was a normal thing where he lived and he witnessed multiple death growing up. The town where he lived shaped many of the places described in some of his works. Twain….
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“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country” --Mark Twain
Target: I can analyze what the text says directly and indirectly utilizing evidence from the text.
Directions: Define each vocabulary word using a dictionary.
Compliance-the action or fact of complying with a wish or command.
Garrulous-excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.
Append-add (something) as an attachment or supplement.
Conjectured- form an opinion or supposition about (something)….
as well. A great example of this is the story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” the plot itself is very real. Its very ordinary. These things can happen to anyone. Many people live in small towns. Their location is rather bumpkiny. Its described as something from the southern region of the US. Calaveras County could very easily be a town in the south. As for characters they are very real. Take for example Jim Smiley. This man, like many has a gambling problem. He bet on anything….
In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Mark Twain creates some memorable characters. The longer a character appears, the more sides you see of them and the more believable they become. They contrasted with what Easterners of the era expected, which made them even more appropriate, realistic, and likable. The main protagonist in the story is a man in Simon Wheeler’s narration named Jim Smiley. Showing many sides to his character, Jim is obviously a round character, showing emotions including….
I enjoyed your post, as I too wrote about his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. I think it is such a great piece and is considered a classic because he uses this American style to produce humor for the readers along with write about what problems they were facing in those times through his writing without seemingly doing so. What I enjoy most about Twain and his style of writing is how he can make a slang sentence hold so much meaning and I see much irony there. I think….
"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is one of the most famous tall tales written by an amazing author of the west, Mark Twain. His popularity has mainly arisen from his "Huckleberry Finn" stories, but the "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was one of his first stories and the one that brought him into notice to the public. When he was writing for newspapers, he was also traveling a great deal, for example to California. On the ship he made acquaintance of Bret Hart and….
reader bored or uninterested.Within the story of The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, it is literally a story about nothing, but the reader does not realize, because of the regional dialects of the different places which adds to the humorous portion of the text due to the way the characters speak. We see examples of this once the narrator goes to investigate about the supposed Leonidas W. Smiley, which leads to the introduction of Mr.Jim Smiley, who has nothing to do with Mr. Leonidas.….
Wheeler heard his name called from the front yard, and got up to see what was wanted.) And turning to mas as he moved away, he said: “Just set where you are, stranger, and rest easy – I ain’t going to be gone a second.”
I did not for a moment contemplate that any of these strange tales were true. I wanted to hear of Jim Smiley anyways, not The Reverend Lenidas W. Smiley which, for all I knew, was a creation Wheeler’s imagination. Not wanting to appear rude, I sat and waited for his return. Having….
In a fashion similar to setting, the plot of The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County exemplifies regionalistic qualities better than the plot of The Outcasts of Poker Flat . Although both are effective example of storytelling, Twain demonstrates the idea that “nothing happens” better than Harte. Twain’s entire tale tells nothing but of the time when its narrator gets stuck listening to the infamously talkative Simon Wheeler tell his stories for what seems like forever. Sure these stories….
In Mark Twain's famous short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calvary County" the author receives a letter that tells him to inquire information about a man named Leonidas W. Smiley. He finds a man by the name of Simon Wheeler and is told the stories of Smiley. As he listens to the stories that Simon Wheeler tells he realizes that fry little of the stories could be true. To make this short story humorous Mark Twain uses many literary devices and techniques; however, three essential ones are….