Notorious Jumping Frog

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In Krause’s article analyzing Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, Krause first points out the link between Jim Smiley’s dog Andrew Jackson and his name sake. One similarity he points out is the bulldog’s actions during the story. Twain wrote that the pup would look so innocent, but once bet on he begins to perform well. This is used to ironically portray Jackson’s issues with gambling, which includes even betting his rent. The satire continues with Jackson’s furious looks represented by the dog before fighting. Andrew Jackson is known to be full of ferocity, as was the dog. Krause stressed this by stating that “he was just nothing but a fight,” whether he was talking about Andrew Jackson or his bull pup namesake (567).
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