The Notorious Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County Summary
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1. Consider both Hamlin Garland's "The Return of a Private" and Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" as works of regionalist fiction. In a response of at least two paragraphs, compare and contrast these stories as examples of regionalism. How are they similar? How are they different? Be sure to include specific details and examples from both stories in your response.
Although they both contain interesting Local Colors, the specifics of each differ. The stories are both are set in the West. The dialect of the East is relatively more proper than that of the West. For example, in “return of a Private” Smith says “but if you had a wife an' three young 'uns dependin' on yeh-”. Still they have a Southern accent and that's why there are errors in their speech. Another example of the local color is when Smith says that they eat at one on Sundays, which is suggested that that's…show more content… Their language, customs, and traditions are stripped away from them as if their culture never existed. In the end of this story Zitkala-sa reveals that this caused her to feel out of place in both the Native American and European world. Her time in the school changed her too much to feel comfortable with her people yet she was still of Native American descent so she didn't belong with the Europeans either. Earlier she had resisted their influences by refusing to cut her hair, not knowing the routine of rules for the school, and not conforming entirely so that she remained herself for as long as possible. These examples from the story show what many Native Americans must have felt and acted during assimilation. That fire for rebellion and disconnected feeling towards both worlds. Her representation makes readers sympathize with her. She is in this terrible situation and she handles it the best she can. This causes readers to realize her courage, good character, and