He then goes and bets another man his frog will jump farther than any other while he goes off to catch this stranger a frog the stranger feeds the frog gun pellets to weigh it down and keep it from jumping. For example, he could feature a westerner Wheeler duping an easterner Twain -a situation that reversed the popular stereotypes of the day-without offending Eastern audiences. While connected with the social phenomena in daily life and the story's historical background, there must be something implied in the story. Mark Twain is a realist who concentrates on the customs, dialect, and social status of specific regions of the country. It is obvious that he has been educated in the finer points of grammar and syntax.
In the book, the narrator Mark Twain is sent on an errand to see an old man called Simon Wheeler. Smiley trained the frog to jump on command when he tapped its back, and he taught it to catch any fly with its tongue, no matter the distance. The Notorious Administrator of Wastemytime County School District In compliance with the request of an administrator of mine, who sent me in an e-mail, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Mr. Luckily, after seeing the doctor, the doctor said she was considerable better. Jim Smiley, according to Wheeler, was a man who would bet on anything. He also had many hobbies and passions, such as a fascination with electricity—he was a close personal friend of Nikola Tesla. Eventually, he took Webster out of his box, pried his mouth open, and used a teaspoon to fill the frog full of quail-shot a pellet used to fill shotgun shells.
Smiley said all a frog wanted was education, and he could do most any thing and I believe him. Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result. One of the story main characters is a career gambler, Jim Smiley, a local and as the name suggests is an optimistic who had been enjoying his winning streak with all his gifted animals. At this point in the story, Simon does interject that he's seen it with his own eyes. Had Twain chose to set this story in New York or even had he chosen characters who came west from Boston or Philadelphia, the effect would be significantly different and the humor compromised.
He asks the narrator to wait for him, and he leaves briefly to see who is looking for him. A stranger tells Smiley that Daniel Webster is an ordinary frog. By masking the actual humor of his narration, the Westerner originally fools Twain and persuades him to be patient and wait for a more serious story that is forthcoming. Twain thinks that this was merely a trick, however, and is subsequently frustrated by his entire experience with Wheeler. .
Smiley, Wheeler instead launches into a long story about a different man named Jim Smiley. In the first paragraphs of the book, Mark Twain laments that a friend who arranged for his meeting with the Westerner cheated him. When she emerges as an unlikely winner, Smiley is able to win money from his opponents. Teaching Literary Elements with Short Stories Understanding literary elements is necessary for literary analysis. He figures out how to get the frog, Daniel Webster, to jump and catch flies on cue.
Simon Wheeler is an uneducated miner. In this story, the author presents a complex and a multifaceted view of the American society since it affirms that the American people can be concurrently resourceful, inventive, realistic, and strong-minded, as well as shortsighted, small-minded, and susceptible to deceit. Smiley and that his friend intentionally set him up, knowing that the narrator would have to sit through a long, boring story from Wheeler. He had to deal with lots of grief and everyday crisis, and this adds to a funny and halfhearted approach to life. Seems like the guy likes to tell stories, regardless of the interest of the audience. Jim was considered a lucky man, however, and frequently won his bets.
These qualities-sophistication and snobbery-were sometimes associated with the society of the eastern United States. Infuriated, Smiley chased after the stranger but could never find him. I now share them with you. When he was writing for newspapers, he was also traveling a great deal, for example to California. Prior to the creation of his most famous works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain gained acclaim as a short story writer.
After reading it, I am deeply impressed by the main character, Jim Smiley who loved to make bets, and always created miraculous gambling events beyond imagination. On the other hand, the Westerners are depicted as uneducated, gullible on the surface and schemers since although Wheeler was inadequately trained, he narrated very original stories. They contrasted with what Easterners of the era expected, which made them even more appropriate, realistic, and likable. Simon Wheeler, for instance, symbolizes the American westerner-a garrulous old man who tells farf-e-t-c-hed and highly improbable tales. When Wheeler is interrupted from finishing the story, he tells the narrator to wait. He even bet on whether people would recover from an illness and on which of two birds would fly away first.
The narrator leaves, thinking his quest was fruitless. Twain is also famous for penning and. Only when it was too late had the gambler discovered how he had been cheated. Wheeler is the rube here; Twain the stand-in for his readers. By using this mask, Wheeler initially fools the snobby easterner and convinces him that he will be told a serious story.
That's really all the reader is told about the background of the encounter. Smiley challenges the stranger, goes down to the swamp, and returns with a competitor frog. The story takes place in one of the gold-mining camps found in Calaveras County, California. Any thoughts as to what happens in this little contest? He started, however, at a very young age as a typesetter and part-time newspaper contributor. Summary The narrator, an obviously educated individual from the East, has been requested to ask Simon Wheeler about an old friend.