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Hop Frog as a Love Story

"Hop Frog", by Edgar Allan Poe, is a short story in which the title character, after enduring much abuse by the king, gets revenge in the end. Hop Frog is not only the king's jester, but is also a handicapped dwarf. The king perpetually berates Hop Frog and plays practical jokes on his poor jester. At one point, king and his seven ministers summon Hop Frog before them so that he may give them ideas for an upcoming masquerade. The king forces him to drink wine (which Hop Frog always has an adverse reaction to drinking) and becomes very upset at him. Hop Frog is saved only by the intercession of Trippetta, a woman from Hop Frog's own land and his only true friend. Trippetta succeeds, but only after suffering …show more content…

Bearing this in mind, the cruelty of the king is obvious, because he Ò...took pleasure in forcing Hop Frog to drink. After enduring such constant abuse and torment for what appears to have been quite some time, surely anyone would expect Hop Frog to snap. But the cruelty inflicted on him does not cause this to happen. It was only after the king had shoved Trippetta and had thrown wine in her face that Hop Frog decided to end the cruelty.

After Hop Frog and Trippetta had been captured and sent to the king, Ò...a close intimacy developed between the two little captives. Trippetta also used her influence to benefit Hop Frog whenever she could. Close ties soon developed, and the two became Òsworn friends'. It is little wonder, then, that the mistreatment of Trippetta infuriated him to the point that he finally snapped. His teeth began grating so loudly that everyone in the room could hear it. We also see a change in his demeanor, as he makes the change from the "happy-go-lucky" personality that he has had until this point to the cool, calculating personality that plots his master's demise. When he was the victim of cruelty and abuse, Hop Frog could tolerate it; when Trippetta became the victim of similar abuses, he could no longer put up with the cruelty and tyranny of the king and his men. The depth of his

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