Examines his use of different styles in four novels to entertain & express views on morality, society, race.
Any author=s style, or variety of styles, is informed by his purpose in telling the story and the thematic subtexts being conveyed. In the case of Mark Twain, the immediate purpose is to entertain with a well-told tale, while the usual sub purpose is satirize the objective world and the cultural conventions Twain disdained or despised. In his most famous short story, AThe Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras [email protected], the object of the satire, according to James D. Wilson, is Athe confrontation of East and West, genteel and vernacular values, implicit in the story=s double frame [email protected] (171), while the subject of derision is the American tall tale. A man named Simon Wheeler tells the author a long and rambling three-part story about a gambler named Jim Smiley when the author is inquiring after the Rev.