Mark Twain and Southwestern Humor
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This paper provides a discussion of the elements of Southwest humor in Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The discussion maintains Twain uses these elements to comment on the inherent gullibility of the common man. The paper includes an brief look at the plot and themes in the story.
From the Paper:" Kenneth Lynn is one of the most significant critics of Southwest humor, responsible for the argument that Southwest humorists opened and closed their tales with a gentleman narrator, one whose apparent moral and intellectual superiority stood in opposition to the dangerous ignorance of their tales' backwoods characters. In Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" the reader is presented with such a gentleman narrator who repeats an oral tale."
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