Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' Good Country People ' Essay

1382 Words Nov 17th, 2016 6 Pages
There are many literary devices writers throughout history have utilized. One of the most powerful, yet complicated literary device is irony. Irony occurs when what a reader expects to happen is the complete opposite of the actual outcome. Irony helps illustrate humor especially in the works “Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain and “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor. “Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is a framed narrative that tells the tale of Jim Smiley who is really good at winning bets; More rather, he is good at manipulating the game to win bets. In the end of this short story, the joke is actually on Smiley because his opponent tricks him into losing his own bet. In “Good Country People”, the ending is very similar to the one in Twain’s story. The main character, Joy, who later becomes known as Hulga, is fooled into thinking that a Bible salesman named Manly Pointer is actually a conman who takes advantage of women. Both “Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and “Good Country People” successfully use irony to illustrate humor and give unique meanings to their stories.
“Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” uses irony to poke fun of an uneducated hustler. It is clear that Smiley lives in an uneducated town because of Twain’s strong use of vernacular. Regardless, locals consider him a folk hero because he wins nearly every bet he makes. Simon Wheeler describes him as “uncommon lucky,” and “there couldn’t be no…

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