English 9 "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"

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  • Smiley comes back and gives the stranger a frog. They then set them side by side and the frogs jump. Well only the stranger's does. Smiley's frog tries to jump but won't budge. "He was planted as solid as an anvil." (Simile) More symbolism was also portrayed her through Dan'l Webster's name because the political figure Daniel Webster ran for president 3 times and lost all 3 times. This could be interpreted as "the most educated candidate, may not always be the best."
  • Jim Smiley is surprised and disgusted because he has no idea what's wrong with his frog. Nonetheless, he gave the stranger his money and stood there, confused. He picked up the frog because he looked a little baggy. When he did this the frog seemed to weigh about five pounds. By this point Smiley is pissed and he sets out after the stranger, but he never catches him.
  • This story ends with Simon Wheeler being called from outside. He tell the narrator to stay put, but he knows that he isn't going to find out anything about Reverend Leonidas W. Smiley. Wheeler tries to keep telling him more about Jim Smiley but the narrator cuts him off and says something along the lines of "I don't give a damn about Jim Smiley" and he departs.
  • The theme of this story can be interpreted in a few different ways. I interpreted throught the contrast of the educated and uneducated man and how you don't have to be smart to outsmart someone and you don't have to be uneducated to be outsmarted.
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