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Literary Analysis Essay

Literary Analysis Essay

On “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and Realism

By definition, realism is almost synonymous to verisimilitude – that is, depicting something similar to, if not exactly like, real life. In that sense, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is what one would call – on this day and age – a period piece. The back story of the short notwithstanding, the narrator (presumably Mark Twain himself) is relating in a very journalistic style the story as told by Simon Wheeler. The tale, in turn, is about the vagabond Jim Smiley, thus depicting elements of metafiction as it is a story within a story. But the story itself reads more like a news feature than anything else.

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