Regionalism Essay

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Tyler Marshall In both stories regionalism was very protuberant and played a very important role in describing much about each story’s characters, setting, and theme. They both had some similarities as for as how regionalism was used to describe certain things in the stories, but they also had many differences. The story “The Outcast of Poker Flat” regionalism focused on its climate, moral features of each character, and setting. While the story “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” mainly focused on using literary device such as tall tales, hyperboles, and local colors. Both stories used regionalism to its fullest but I feel that “The Outcast of Poker Flat” used it the best because the author used more vivid words to describe. Regionalism plays a huge part in the story “The Outcast of Poker Flat” for many reasons. One reason is the weather. If the story took place in anywhere else then the “dry, cold, bracing air of the Sierras” it wouldn’t work comply with how the characters died. Another regionalism trait that was used to its extent was the setting. The fact that it took place in California during this huge gold rush that brought about a large increase gambling played a very significant part in the plot of the story. This is important because knowing this explains why Mr. Oakhurst is kicked out of town. These details play a important rule because if the story didn’t take place in California then the gold rush wouldn’t have been a factor so gambling wouldn’t have been so important and Mr. Oakhurst wouldn’t have been kicked out of town. These are a few reason that regionalism played an important role in this story. Unlike Bret Harte, Marx Twain used more literary devices describe to bring his characters to life. He devices such as local color for example when the narrator says “I found Simon Wheeler dozing comfortably by the barroom stove of the

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