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Analysis Of The Celebrated Jumping Frog From Calaveras County

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Is Mark Twain trying to be funny by the contrasting cultures or is there something deeper? Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a famous author and publisher who is mostly known by his pen name of Mark Twain. He was born in Florida, Missouri in November of 1835 to parents Jane and John Clemens. His father died when he was 13 and Samuel left school and became a printer’s apprentice and throughout the next several years moved up to become an editorial assistant. In 1858 he became a river pilot which is where he got his name of Mark Twain meaning safe to navigate. In 1865, Twain was first published in the New York Saturday Press for his writing of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog from Calaveras County”. This short story made him well known and was the first of many writings to lead the way for him to become known as America’s famous literary writer. Mark Twain was married, had four children and passed away on April 21, 1910. His short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog from Calaveras County” shows Twains ability to tell two stories in one. What starts as a story of an innocent search for a friend and later graduates into a frog race full of satire. Mark Twain in The Celebrated Jumping Frog from Calaveras County shows cultural clash by using diction, irony, deception and contrast between the cultures.
Simon Wheeler’s diction helps show the cultural clash as well as deception throughout the story. "Well, thish-yer Smiley had a yeller one-eyed cow that didn't have no tail, only jest a short
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