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Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM via web

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What are some human characteristics of the frog in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The frog is named Daniel Webster, and described as modest and gifted.

The frog is described like a human in several aspects.  Smiley says, “all a frog wanted was education.”  The frog is described as intelligent and creative.

You never see a frog so modest and straightforward as he was, for all he was so gifted. 

The frog is described as being “learned” to jump so it can race.  The fact that the frog can be taught is a human characteristic.  Smiley is also proud of the frog.  Daniel Webster was a famous orator, so naming the frog after him is an example of humanizing the frog.

Giving the frog human characteristics adds to the humor of the story.  It is obvious to the reader that the frog is not really modest or gifted.  The frog is just a frog.  However, he is described this way.  The description of Smiley's treatment of the frog is funny.

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