Mark Twain - Copley

Mark Twain - Copley

Mark Twain Life on the Mississippi The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Mark Twain Literary Focus: Humor and Regionalism Humor: literature purposely meant to entertain All types of humor include exaggeration (hyperbole) and irony 3 types of Humor Humor of situation: comes from situational irony in plot Humor of character: based on exaggerated personalities

Humor of language: includes sarcasm, exaggeration, irony, and puns From Life on the Mississippi Excerpt from Twains autobiography Twain portrayed America in a way that still defines our national character through Images Expressions Characters Ways of thinking Table work: create a chart in your notes of the above

categories. Find examples (minimum 3 per category)from The Boys Ambition which fit the categories and in your opinion are distinctly American. Analyzing The Boys Ambition Images The day was glorious with expectancythe day was a dead, empty thing The white town drowsing in the sunshine A sow and a litter of pigs loafing along the sidewalk The Great Mississippi, the majestic, the magnificent Mississippi Expressions Steamboat a-coming shook the bottom out of all my Sunday School teachings St. Looey like an old citizen

Characters The steamboat She is long and sharp and trim and pretty Cabin boy, deckhand Cub engineer Pilotthe grandest position of all The town drunkard Ways of Thinking There was one permanent ambitionto be a steamboat man I first thought to be a cabin boylater I thought I would rather be a deckhand All the boys are jealous of the cub engineerhis dirty clothes, his steamboat talk, his money, his prowess with the girls

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Tall Tale Humorous story Exaggerated characters Impossible events Style Frame Story Twain introduces a 2nd narrator, Simon Wheeler, who tells the story The Notorious Jumping Frog Regionalism

Dialect Distinct form of language as it is spoken in one geographical area or by one social or ethnic group Uses unconventional spelling Suggests the way the words actually sound Establishes setting Adds local color (regionalism) Develops characters The Notorious Jumping Frog Contrast the two narratorsunnamed

narrator and Simon Wheeler Languagehow does each narrator use language Toneattitude toward the subject (the story of the jumping frog) The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Analyzing Dialect and Hyperbole Find three examples of exaggeration/hyperbole combined with dialect Write out the example

Explain why combining dialect and hyperbole creates humor. Write the first paragraph of Simon Wheelers next story. Well, thish-yer Smiley had a yaller one-eyed cow that didnt have no tail, only just a short stump like a bannanner, and Maintain Wheelers voice as narrator by copying his Dialect Use of exaggeration/hyperbole

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