Jumping Frog Summary

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The story written by Samuel Longhorn Clemens, who used the pen name Mark Twain first appeared on November 18, 1865 in the New York Saturday Press and has been published several times since then. (The Norton Anthology of American Literature). "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (1) is one of the most famous tall tales written by the most famous author of the west. Mark Twain has mostly become popular of his "Huckleberry Finn" stories, but the "Jumping Frog" as the tall tale will be further called in this essay was one of his first story and the one that brought Twain into notice to the public. When he was writing for newspapers he was also traveling a lot, for example to California. On the ship he made acquaintance of Bret Hawk and when they reached San Francisco Mint Twain told Hawk this story of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" as it was called at first. Nowadays Twain, who was born in Florida on November 30, 1835 and died 1910 is described as humorist and master of simple and effective narrative and of vivid description, but under all this lie depths of melancholic wisdom and a great capacity for righteous indignation. The "Jumping Frog" certainly implies all of this. (2) 
 The setting of the story is Angels Camp, a mining town in the west, still existing today. The date is winter 1849/ spring 1850 during the gold rush. At first sight the story seems to be childish, without any deeper meaning and very confusing. Latter is due to the fact that it is a story within a story- a background story. One might get the impression that the narrative proliferates and the reader finds it difficult to keep track. As mentioned above, we deal with a tall tale, a genre with features like the vernacular speech, very obvious in the "Jumping frog" and the disorientation of the reader who does not know whether he is being confronted with a lie or the

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