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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by Mark Twain

Johnny Richards

on 1 February 2013

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Transcript of The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Twain began his writing career writing light humorous verse, but evolved into chronicler of vanities, hypocrisies, and murderous acts of mankind. This story was his first important work. Published in the New York Saturday Press on November 18, 1865. It gave him a burst of popularity. Samuel Langhorme Clemons (1835-1910) was from Hannibal, Missouri. He married Olivia Langdon in 1870. They raised three daughters named Susy, Clara, and Jean. His wife died in 1904. He loved science and technology and patented three inventions. Themes Culture Clash
Easterners v. Westerners

Twain’s friend and Twain
Simon Wheeler and Twain
The Stranger and Jim Smiley

American Society
Daniel Webster and Andrew Jackson
Population Vocab Words Dilapidated—reduced to or fallen into partial ruin decay


Garrulous—wordy, talks a lot, goes on and on

Inquire—to ask or question

Exasperate—to irritate or infuriate The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County By: Mark Twain

Journal Question: With the events that happen in the story and historical references from the events, do you think karma exists?
Analytical Questions 1.Twain clearly chose to name his characters carefully. What is significant about the names of the characters? Simon Wheeler, Jim Smiley, Andrew Jackson, and Daniel Webster.

2.How does this story illustrate Twain’s feelings about the American Dream?

3.The word calaveras means skulls in Spanish. It is also a county in California. The county was named after the word calaveras because there were remains of Native Americans found in that region. Why do you think Twain chose this county to set his story? sYMBOLISM Andrew Jackson (Dog): did not look like much, but was aggressive and fought well. Clearly, the dog's name is referring to Andrew Jackson (democrat), the 7th president of United States. He believed in the rights of the "common" people

Dan'l Webster (smart frog): a frog that loses to a nameless and uneducated frog. The stupid nameless frog was accused of cheating. Daniel Webster was an American Statesman that unsuccessfully ran for president three times.

Idea: equality for all Americans Key Moments Narrator finds Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Wheeler tells hims about Jim Smiley instead of Reverend Smiley

Jim Smiley --> horse-->dog (Andrew Jackson)--> Andrew Jackson gave up in a fight and died--> frog (Dan'l Webster) --> won for a while--> stranger filled Webster with quail shot--> stranger won the bet--> smiley realized that he was tricked.

Narrator is bored--> wants to leave--> Mr. Wheeler tries to tell him about Smiley and the one-eyed cow--> narrator leaves Allusions Historical References: Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of United States and the first true populist. Daniel Webster was a senator and Secretary of State and was known for his extraordinary speaking skills.
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