Analytical paper 1

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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Jonathan Coggin
Date: November 10, 2014
Professor Morgan
ENG 202: American Literature II
Fall B 2014

Thesis Statement and Outline-Analytical Paper 1
“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country”
Thesis: 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. And Twain seems to imply that all his readers agree with him about gambling.
Critical Text: I will be using Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to define and illustrate realism; the realist uses a careful description of everyday life, usually of the lower and middle classes. A writing, that is ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is.
I. Smiley will gamble on anything, he does not seem to be a very smart man, but he still by some chance he always wins.
A. Smiley kind of tricks his the people that are betting with him into believing that his animals are weak and will not win anything.
B. In the same way a stranger will trick Smiley into failing for the first time, the stranger will take advantage of Smiley’s over zeal to win every bet.
II. Smiley owns a bull pup named Andrew Jackson, who engages in dog fighting.
A. Andrew Jackson's special move of biting the other dog's hind legs prevailed every time, except for the time he fought a dog whose hind legs had been cut off by a circular saw.
B. The dog Andrew Jackson is being compared to the sixth President.
III. Jim Smiley owns a frog, Daniel Webster, who Smiley claims can out jump any frog in Calaveras County. A. A stranger tells Smiley that Daniel Webster is an ordinary frog.
B. Smiley challenges the stranger, goes down to the swamp, and returns with a competitor frog. Meanwhile the stranger fills Daniel Webster's mouth with quail shot.
IV. Simon Wheeler attempts to tell one more story, but the narrator escapes.
A. The narrator thinks that his friend probably lied to him, to just go and listen to tall tales.
B. The narrator does not feel like giving in to the long story telling again, he has had enough.

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Thesis Statement and Outline-Analytical Paper 1
“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country”
Thesis: The reason Twain wrote this story is to admonish a prevalent notion amongst people that success is determined by social and economic status of an individual. Through an analysis of the lives of both the civilized and uncivilized ones in ancient society, Twain implies that readers would agree with him through the unfolding events in the lives of his characters in the story.
Critical Text: In my analytical paper, I will utilize Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to help in illustrating and defining how he employs style and technique to achieve his intentions in the narrative. The narrative by Twain is an essential human experiment, as the author fuses the traditional nature of his tale into a story of his subjective creation. Through the story, he manages to create a scenario depicting antagonism between country and town in ancient times, and the tensions that pervaded urbanity and provincialism (Lee Yaross 107). In apportioning the frog story to achieve this purpose, Twain makes changes to its composition. Firstly, he decorates the narrative through framing where he presents Mark Twain, who narrates encountering Simon Wheeler at Angle’s Camp in a mining settlement. By appropriating his frog story, Twain engages in topical political satire through the animal characters that Simon Wheeler uses in his gambling activities (Lee Yaross 109). The names of his frog, Daniel Webster, and his bulldog, Andrew Jackson suggest this proposition. In the narrative, the…