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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by Mark Twain
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In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," why does Twain use a frame story to structure his tale?

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Framing stories such as this one normally present the inner story as narrated by a very different kind of narrator from the main overall narrator of the piece. Clearly, in this tale, the educated and sophisticated Mark Twain is presented as being incredibly different from the verbose and hilarious Simon Wheeler. Reporting the story in this fashion and sharing the reactions of the main narrator to the story in...

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