How does Mark Twain represent realism in "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

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Realism was the tendency of writers and artists in Mark Twain's era (the late 1800s to early 1900s) to create work that reflected real life, without romanticizing anything or making events too fanciful. To that end, this story certainly represents a semi-realistic view of life.

For one, it is centered in a very small county in Missouri about which there is absolutely nothing extraordinary, lavish, or extravagant. One aspect of realism is that it doesn't shy away from poverty or the lower classes, and in this story, Twain likewise focuses on a working-class, rather bored county.

Additionally, the dialogue reflects the common vernacular of the day, instead of utilizing "proper" English language. This dialogue reinforces the realism inherent in the story, by showing the characters as real people with realistic speech.

Finally, the characters are more important to the story than the events themselves, which is common in realist literature. The events are entertaining, but they are not the...

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