What characteristics of regionalism are in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

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The first major success for fledgling writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The story was not Twain's original creation but a well-known tall tale in the American West, where Twain had migrated. Twain joined a group of writers in California who wrote pieces designed to enlighten readers in the East about the realities of life in the West. The way Twain retells the common story highlights the idiosyncrasies of western mining encampments.

Regionalism, or the effort to bring to life the local characteristics of one part of the country, is evident in both the outer and inner parts of this frame story. In the outer frame, the narrator discovers Simon Wheeler "dozing comfortably by the barroom stove of the dilapidated tavern in the decayed mining camp of Angel's." The description of the setting and the presentation of Wheeler help recreate the West for the eastern reader.

Most of the story is devoted to the inner section of the frame story,...

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