The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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Racing and Fighting

Jim Smiley's horse, the "fifteen-minute nag," competes in races against other horses. She appears unimpressive but has hidden capacities and wins her races. His dog, Andrew Jackson, isn't much to look at, but he fights all comers and wins his fights. Smiley wins by betting on the hidden prowess of his horse and dog. Similarly, the miners in the camp would be struggling to work unimpressive-looking claims in the hopes of finding hidden gold and striking it rich. The horse races and dogfights symbolize the attempts of the men of the camp to win against deep odds.

Daniel Webster

Jim Smiley's frog, Daniel Webster, looks like any other frog. However, he repeatedly beats all other frogs when Smiley pits him in jumping contests against them. Smiley wins a lot of these contests, but then he gets beat when the mysterious stranger outsmarts him. Daniel Webster symbolizes how difficult it is to predict what will happen and how risky gambling is. This is especially true for the miners, who have staked their entire lives on the gamble that they will find gold.

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