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What is the irony in" The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

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jelvis | eNoter

Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM via web

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What is the irony in" The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Mark Twain says in the first paragraph of the story that his friend asked him to look up a friend by the name of Rev. Leonidas Smiley, knowing that he would meet a storyteller who would tell him about a man named Jim Smiley, a notorious gambler from the area.  He then tells the reader that this storyteller would,

"....bore me to death with some infernal reminiscence of him as long and tedious as it should be useless to me. " (paragraph 1)

 Ironically, he then goes on to tell us this story that was so BORING to him with the idea that it would entertain us.  It does entertain us and has for generations. This story that was"useless to me"  was Mark Twain's  first big success and actually was the title story in his first book published in 1897, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches. So the irony is that it isn't boring, but totally entertaining, and it isn't useless to him, but skyrocketed him on a road to success.

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