Literary Analysis Of Hop-Frog By Edgar Allan Poe

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“Hop-Frog” is a captivating short story of a joker who learns to deal with his problems, one way or another. Edgar Allan Poe draws you in with the tale of Hop-Frog and his encounters with the king and his royal council. With the help of his good friend Trippetta, Hop-Frog learns the ways of dealing with the demanding king and his foolish ministers. Using literary devices like imagery, plot, and point of view Edgar Allan Poe hooks you into the story as you learn to see Hop-Frog in a new light. Hop-Frog develops as a character and reveals his true nature as someone not to mess with. He stands his ground and intimidates his peers in a unique way. The use of imagery is key in this storyline and is one of the many components that makes this story so great. The author, kindly hints at this when he speaks of Hop-Frog’s adventure in capturing the king and his advisor. “..grabbing and taking control of a flaming torch from one of the Caryatides, he returned, as he went, to the centre of the room leaping, with the flexible athletic ability of a monkey...” (Page 6, paragraph 5) Another example is when Hop-Frog grates his teeth, “...a low, but harsh and lengthy (or lengthened) grating sound which seemed to come at once from every corner of the room.” (page 4, paragraph 1) This draws interest and suspense keeping the audience wanting more. The descriptive words help you imagine the amount of frustration Hop-Frog was in. With the amount of detail and description in this story the author keeps the reader on his tail. Hop-Frog surprises the audience as he morphs from the poor cripple to the self-sufficient murderer. When Hop-Frog’s work has been realized the reader understands how his exasperation fueled him and forced him to take revenge.

The structure of the plot is used to manipulate the way the protagonist is seen, which adds depth to the story. Poe has written this story in a way that does not reveal all of the story line at the beginning like most, he confirms what you have predicted and gives you small glimpses of information as you see Hop-Frog change more and more throughout the story. There are many examples where the plot of this story shines through, such as in page 4, paragraph 10 where

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