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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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  1. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Mark Twain

  2. Mark Twain • Most celebrated humorist in American history • Also one of the greatest realists • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – a revelation of illusions that exist in American life

  3. Mark Twain • Samuel Langhorne Clemens • News reporter and had a love for steamboats • Twain = twelve feet

  4. Make the connection • Tall tale – a humorous story characterized by outrageous exaggeration and outlandish events • It’s not only what you say, but how you say it

  5. Comic Devices • Hyperbole – outrageous exaggeration

  6. Comic Devices • Understatement – saying less than what is really meant, usually for ironic purposes

  7. Comic Devices • Comic comparisons – similes and metaphors that surprisingly link very dissimilar things and thus create colorful, outlandish images

  8. Comic Devices • Comic characters & situations • Unusual people dealing with unlikely events; probably the oldest and reliable comic device

  9. Understanding vernacular • Vernacular language – the language commonly spoken by people in a particular place or region • A big part of Twain’s writing

  10. Understanding vernacular • Types: • Unique vocabulary • Idioms (expressions that make no literal sense, i.e. raining cats and dogs) • Dialect (local variations of spoken words)