The notorious jumping frog of calaveras county

This week we read “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain. One of the main themes of this work is the notion of a person not being completely good or completely bad, but somewhere in-between. Consider the following questions.

  • Is the idea of not being good or bad but somewhere in-between a realistic view of mankind?
  • Is Jim Smiley good or bad?
  • Do we as the reader like Jim or dislike him? Why or why not?

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