From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County


by Mark Twain

Analysis: Genre

Anecdote, Tall Tale

The frame story (the story of how the narrator ended up talking to Simon Wheeler) doesn’t really have any point to it. It’s just an anecdote, like some funny story you might tell your friends over lunch, but which doesn’t really have a point to it. As for Wheeler’s story about Smiley, it’s a classic tall tale, with absurdity of characters (especially the animals) playing the major comic role. Since tall tales traditionally have been more appreciated in the West, the setting is appropriate.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...