This event is just a precursor to the gullibility that Smiley exhibits when he challenges a stranger to a frog jumping contest. The stranger says that he would put up any frog against Smiley's frog, Dan'l Webster, but that he just does not have one.
Hop Frog stimulates the mind of the reader. Should the reader interpretate it as being a horror story, where Hop Frog retaliates against the King and Court using drastic measures in order to regain his freedom? Hop Frog was the Kings professional jester, but he was more than a mere jester in the eyes of the King, because he was also a cripple and a dwarf. Dwarfs are very common during this period in time and "most monarchs could not go a day without laughing at his Jester and not laughing at his dwarf". Hop Frog was given his name "by the consent of the seven ministers on account of his inability to walk as other men do".
Jim Smiley was a gambler, betting with anyone on anything, just for the thrill of competition. Through either his luck or cunningness, he would always end up on top. He employed the use of animals such as Dan’l Webster the frog and Andrew Jackson the underdog to win bets. Twain used these names in particular as satire to make a loose connection between Andrew Jackson the president and Daniel Webster the senator to their respective animal counterparts. Up until his last wager, he was unbeaten, only losing due to unfair circumstances.
In The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain has the main narrator tell of a ridiculous story told to him by Simon Wheeler with "impressive earnestness and sincerity" (184). As Simon Wheeler's tale commences you meet the main character, Jim Smiley, who has a gambling problem, but who appears to be the luckiest feller around. The way that Twain describes Jim's betting behavior is hilarious: Why, it never made no difference to him--he'd bet on any thing--the dangdest feller. Parson Walker's wife laid very sick once, for a good while and it seemed as if they warn't goin... ... middle of paper ... ...urt someone else, well that was a part of life. So, who are we to blame for such a tragic death of a promising young woman?
“The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County” is a short story by Mark Twain that deals with deception and cleverness. This story is a first person account of an incident in which the (nameless) narrator was tricked by a friend of his into listening to a lengthy story told by the monotonous and lethargic Simon Wheeler. Ironically, the story Wheeler tells regarding the “celebrated jumping frog” is about a man named Jim Smiley who, like the narrator, is beguiled and deceived by another individual. In Wheeler’s story, Jim Smiley practices a certain level of deception and trickery on a regular basis and ends up having the tables turned on him. This story suggests that trickery and deceit will eventually catch up with you.
Even as a child he had a clever façade he had built, but beneath it there was darkness. He did various things to amuse himself. He liked to play tricks on people and spent his time imagining how much money he would get when his parents died. At eight years old, he was bored with such childish antics. Skip 's actions escalated and he started mutilating frogs.
He got up holding his stomach, gasping for air, and laughing at himself at the same time. The small crowd joined in laughing with him. Nobody wants to try, fail and just quit, so naturally, Jim wanted to try again. Many of the cautious few in the audience expressed their doubts as to whether he should try it again. Jim, having the competitive nature I am sure that all teenage boys possess, attempted to dunk the round orange ball one more time.
While in San Francisco, Twain wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, his first nationally acclaimed work. This tale of young boys and frog races combined the themes of youth and humor, a combination he would revisit frequently. (Budd, 32) Finally, in 1869, Twain’s f... ... middle of paper ... ...k Twain in His Times) Jones 6 Unfortunately, this was Twain’s last popular, humorous story. He would leave Hartford due to debts he owed and live a hard life for the rest of his years. Before he died, Twain would see two of three daughters and his wife pass away before him.
A lawyer comes to Camp Green Lake looking for Stanley and the warden and the counselors star looking for them. The next day the warden finds them in the hole and tries to take the treasure but it has Stanley?s name on it. The lawyer goes to take Stanley home and he says he will only go if they can take Zero. Since the warden erased Hector?s files the camp gets shutdown and everyone goes back home.
His narrative ways make you feel the character’s emotions. In Mark Twain story “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” Smiley was a character that represented the realist because he had a gambling habit (his gambling habit caused him to be the character that he is); he was a very deceiving character that lives by gambling. Smiley life was a game to him; he would bet on everything (gamble to smiley was normal). Smiley’s attitude about gambling makes him a realist because this was his life in a real-life situation to him. Smiley thought that he would win every bet until the table was turned and someone cheated him.