Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Douglas Jones


The sound of a narrator telling a story can be difficult to depict in written prose, and yet both Ovid and Twain capture the effect of an old man telling a story; Ovid through Nestor's Story in The Metamorphoses and Twain in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." They both use this framework to discuss the theme of social transgressions. I maintain that both Twain and Ovid use a variation on the wise-mentor archetype as a frame to discuss, through the use of satire, social transgressions which neither of their narrators condemn. I aim to explore Ovid and Twain's treatment of their subjects thematically with the context of the wise-mentor archetype.

Subject Area

Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. Metamorphoses; Twain, Mark, 18; Latin poetry35-1910. Celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County ; Archetypes in literature. Short stories, American; Latin poetry


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