What are some differences between "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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One huge difference is in the narrator.  In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," we have a first-person narrator, but it is really a 2nd-hand 1st-person narrator, one or two people removed.  It is a very strange set-up.  Twain, who is telling the story, is actually telling it in the words of other people.  So, it isn't a direct tale, more of a legend or tall-tale sort of telling.  Huck Finn on the other hand, is told in the first-person perspective from just one kid's perspective; there is no second-hand or third-hand passing down of lore.  So, the narrators are different in that sense.

Other differences are a bit simpler and more obvious; one is a short story, one is an entire novel.  One centers around just one guy and his propensity for gambling, and the other centers around the endearing friendship between a boy and a runaway slave.  Jumping Frog is more of a singular satire of one particular situation, whereas Huck Finn is a huge collection of tiny stories and satires all stitched together as a quilt of the American experience.  In Jumping Frog, the main character is a bit of a rascal, whereas in Huck Finn, the side characters are rascals.  There is less of a moral point to Jumping Frog than there is in Huck Finn; Huck Finn is replete with little morals and lessons throughout.

I hope that those thoughts help to get you started; good luck!

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