In Samuel L. Clemens' short story entitled, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", he reveals to us that he believes that everyone is susceptible to gullibility. Using not only humor and characters in the story, Clemens actually makes his point by drawing the reader into the story as unwitting victims as well. The story illuminates gullibility on three separate levels. First, the main character of the story within the story, Jim Smiley, is a victim to his own misguided ways. Then
western mining town in search of Leonidas W. Smiley. When he is trying to obtain information about the man he is searching for, he encounters Simon Wheeler, the stereotypical western frontiersman who rambles on about a man named Jim Smiley that had a pet frog who could jump higher than any of the other member of his
“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
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Mark Twain's characters personify the ideas and themes behind his stories. Regarded as one of America's first great writers, his characters have sparked controversy and discussion of morality and injustice of 19th Century society. Born in Florida, Missouri, Twain's family moved to the Hannibal, a small town along the Mississippi where he became associated with tall tales and slavery. His young life would also be stricken with the death of his father, sister, and two brothers. After working for
Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was a well-known novelists and remains so to this day. Samuel Clemens, otherwise acknowledge as Mark Twain, dedicated his life to generating infamous works of literature that are still venerated and awarded today. Mark Twain's precise stories and literature works reflect his adolescence and growing up experiences along the Mississippi by his heavy use of dialect, speech, settings, and characterization. Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, the year of
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soon became a reporter on the Virginia City newspaper. Here he began using the pen name Mark Twain. It is an old river term meaning two fathoms, or 12 feet (4 meters), of water depth. In 1864 he went to California. The next year he wrote his 'Jumping Frog' story, which ran in many newspapers. He was sent to the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) as a roving reporter, and on his return he began lecturing. He was soon on a tour of the Mediterranean and the Holy Land. From this came 'The Innocents Abroad'
he continued to write for newspapers. It was in 1863 when Samuel Clemens adopted the name "Mark Twain", a riverman's term for "two fathoms" deep. In 1884 Twain went to San Francisco and reached national fame with his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." He then took a trip to Hawaii which started him on a very successful career as a public speaker. His trips to the Mediterranean and the Holy Land were recorded in letters to a San Francisco newspaper, and later formed into The
language and the mindset of the people reflected the traditions and values of their environment. As he spent ample time near the Mississippi River, the symbolism of the river and its significance is reflected in his books. Overall, Mark Twain was a celebrated author, who relied on realistic reflections of his own observations, with an added mixture of humor. Discussion Mark Twain was mostly known for his accurate account of his surroundings. After spending his childhood near the Mississippi River