The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County | Character Analysis

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Narrator

Author Mark Twain (1835–1910) never gives the name of the narrator. Readers must deduce the narrator's character from the cues given in the story. He refers to a friend back East, suggesting he comes from the eastern United States and is visiting the West. His language is educated, formal, and standard compared to the regional dialect Simon Wheeler uses to tell the story about Jim Smiley. The narrator is an outsider in the camp. He doesn't know the people involved and seems unfamiliar with the activities mentioned.

Jim Smiley

Jim Smiley's activities take up the majority of the story, but readers don't get much background about him. Instead, his vivid, repetitive actions communicate a colorful picture of a distinctive character defined by just a few qualities. He loves to gamble and lives to gamble. He'll bet on anything, and he does it in unconventional ways that allow him to mislead others. Because his horse and dog look so unimpressive but run or fight exceptionally well, he wins many bets. Despite this shrewdness, when the stranger fools him, it shows that Smiley's judgment is flawed.

Simon Wheeler

Simon Wheeler is the storyteller for the main story about Jim Smiley. Twain gives few details about the narrator, and he gives just as few about Simon Wheeler. All Twain gives the reader is the story he tells, the dialect, the details, and his memory, which may be unreliable. For example, Wheeler doesn't quite remember when Jim Smiley came to the camp.

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