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					The Notorious Jumping Frog
   of Calaveras County

        Scott Essen
       Kyle Anderson
       Jordan Mellin
         Thesis or Claim
There was no obvious thesis to the story
Twain seems to have no purpose in
righting this story
               Attitude/Tone
The attitude of this story is humorous
It depicts a man who gambled on anything and was
finally coned into a loss
The tone gives the reader the idea at the beginning of
the story that the notorious Smiley is not real, making the
story more of a myth
The attitude is one of humor that borders on contempt
“I have a lurking that Leonidas W. Smiley is a myth, that
my friend never knew such a personage : and that he
only conjectured that if I asked old Wheeler about him , it
would remind him of his infamous John Smiley…”
                 Purpose
    Twain’s purpose for writing this story was
   to relay a lesson that people are equal and
   the winner is not always the civilized and
   educated one.
“I don’t see no p’ints about that frog that’s
   any better’n any other frog.”
     Audience and Occasion
The audience was most likely supposed to be people
who are gullible to show them that not everything they
hear is true
   The story might also have been for people who told
tall tales to show them the wrongs of doing so
And of course the story was also to amuse the masses
“…and he used to win money on that horse, for all she
was so slow and always had the asthma, or the
distemper, or the consumption… But as soon as money
was up on him he was a different dog…”
           Evidence or Data
“Andrew Jackson” The name of the bull pup who fights
other animals. This creature personifies Twain’s views
towards the real Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson was
the first westerner to become president
The frog,“Dan’l Webster” is named after the Daniel
Webster who was greatly responsible for the slavery law.
A common frog wins against an educated frog and has
the conclusion that an ordinary frog is equal to the
educated frog with a special name. The senator webster
was educated as well and yet the time of slavery is now
gone
Evidence of the satirical hints that Twain weaves into the
story. His righteous indignation is implemented in all of
his works
          Assumptions
Twain assumes that the reader views
gambling to be a bad habit
                                      Style
   Twain’s style is full of satire and humor.
   He uses vernacular speech to create a more authentic
   setting
   Complicated intro disorients the reader and he/she does
   not know if he/she is reading about a lie or the truth.
“In compliance with the request of a friend of mine, who wrote me from the East, I called
    on good-natured, garrulous old Simon Wheeler, and inquired after my friend’s friend,
    Leonidas W. Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result. I have a
    lurking suspicion that Leonidas W. Smiley is a myth; that my friend never knew such
    a personage; and that he only conjectured that if I asked old Wheeler about him, it
    would remind him of his infamous Jim Smiley, and he would go to work and bore me
    to death with some exasperating reminiscence of him as long and as tedious as it
    should be useless to me. If that was the design, it succeeded.”
               Appeals
Twain appeals to logos by having Smiley
bet on ridiculous events. His actions are
obviously illogical to the reader
“Any way that suited the other man would
suit him fine – any way just so’s hes got a
bet”
Twain appeals to the ethics of the reader
by having the main character have a
gambling problem
           Bibliography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_twain
http://www.malakoff.com/jumpfrog.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Notorious
_Jumping_Frog_of_Calaveras_County
http://www.ncteamericancollection.org/awg
_twain_mark.htm

http://www.malakoff.com/jumpfrog.htm

				
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