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Frog of Calaveras County Lived from 1835 to 1920
Called "The Father of American Literature
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County launched his career as an author
wrote many genres including : fiction, non-fiction, satire, and literary criticism
was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor
Notable works: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain takes place in the mid to late nineteenth century, shortly after the California Gold Rush
Angel's Camp, a mining settlement located in Calaveras County, California Setting addicted to gambling who will bet on just about anything
usually wins because he deceives others using his animals Jim Smiley a man from out of town
prankster and cheater The Stranger a clever man who speaks with incorrect grammar
lives in the Western part of the U.S.
heavy alcohol consumer
does not have a strong educational background Simon Wheeler an educated man from the East The Narrator Jim Smiley's frog Dan’l Webster Jim Smiley is extraordinarily lucky due to his cunning and clever ideas to win bets
He is outsmarted by a stranger, who beats him through cheating
The story poses a moral distinction between honest and dishonest cleverness
represents how one does not necessarily have to be educated and well spoken to be clever, nor is a good education a defense against getting fooled Themes: Cunning and Cleverness The narrator is an educated man from the East
The characters that live in Angel’s mining camp in the west are not educated and are living in poor conditions Themes: Culture Clash By Mark Twain Plot The narrator ends up at a tavern in Angels mining camp located in Calaveras County, California
Jim Smiley loves to gamble
Smiley begins to train a frog to out jump any other frog
A stranger fills Smiley’s frog with quail shot and the frog loses a competition
Smiley goes after the stranger but the stranger has already skipped town.
Wheeler is interrupted from his story-telling.
The narrator leaves the saloon Works Cited "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.
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"Summary, Analysis, Quotes, and Lesson Plans for Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" - Teaching the Common Core Standards in Language Arts & Literature." Teaching the Common Core Standards in Language Arts & Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013. Symbolizes perseverance: He has a personality trait that makes him strive to always be the best at something. Symbolizes dishonest cleverness Symbolizes the stereotypical westerner of the time period Symbolizes the stereotypical easterner of the time period Characters Fun Facts About Mark Twain Rated # 5 in biography.com's best facial hair contest
Was a close friend with Helen Keller, Fredrick Douglas, and Harriet Beecher Stowe
William Faulkner wrote about Mark Twain Symbolizes the potential for the American common man to be resourceful, innovative, practical, and determined