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Throughout Twains use of complex characterization sophisticated narrative structure and style Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog was acclaimed to be the best work Twain has written to date and marks a huge turning point in his lifes development The story seems to be based on a southwestern gold rush mentality folktale but adding Twains touches to the tale makes it purely unique I enjoyed the sketch because it was highly entertaining and had a well-developed plot that kept me wanting to continue reading After going back through and re-reading I managed to pull out various themes Twain was trying to relate to the reader One of the major messages of the story was that you should be willing to take chances in return for happiness We learn from the start that Smiley was always ready and laying for a chance 64 but more important perhaps he liked to bet on animals that seemed like they didnt have much chance of winning Smileys old horse and bulldog named Andrew Jackson didnt look like they would ever win races or fights but they always managed to come out on top in the last few seconds I suppose that Smiley only gambled because it makes him contented and it was a way of entertainment for him and the townspeople Throughout the story Smiley hardly ever lost and that is what makes him continue to take chances for success and happiness What I believe that Twain is hoping to express from this story is that eventually luck has to run out Smiley lived his entire life off of gambling and luck when finally his luck is proven to run out after he is betrayed by the stranger that takes Danl Webster and prized his mouth open and took a teaspoon and filled him with quail-shot 66 While the stranger did cheat it shows that Smileys luck eventually became unsuccessful for the first time in his life
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