The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Characters

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Character List

The Narrator

The Narrator is an unnamed individual, most likely Twain himself, and is essentially the victim of a practical choke at the hands of an unknown “friend.” It is the Narrator who finds himself cornered by Simon Wheeler and is told the fabulous tale of Jim Smiley and his “jumping frog.”

Simon Wheeler

Simon Wheeler is the talkative local who relates the story of the jumping frog to the Narrator. Wheeler is the ultimate “down home” story teller, and his narrative, while obviously a tall tale, (and a rambling one at that), is both descriptive and entertaining. Wheeler’s distinctive dialect and disjointed style of speaking make him a remarkably realistic character.

Jim Smiley

Jim Smiley, the subject of Wheeler’s story, is a compulsive gambler who is “uncommonly lucky.” Our knowledge of Smiley is entirely limited to Wheeler’s exaggerated description, so he is in many ways a larger than life character, as all heroes of tall-tales should be. Smiley is not only lucky, but enterprising, training animals to perform remarkable feats (which admittedly have more than likely been embellished by Wheeler).

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