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Hop Frog by Edgar Allen Poe

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Hop Frog by Edgar Allen Poe Hop Frog is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe during the nineteenth century. The story revolves around an overweight tyrant king with a love for weird, practical jokes. One of the other main characters in this short story is Hop Frog a deformed court jester who aims to seek revenge on the tyrant king and he does this using a very clever, cunning plan. The story of the deformed dwarf and his determination for revenge on his master develops into being Stephen King's favourite Edgar Allen Poe short story. Hop Frog stimulates the mind of the reader. Should the reader interpretate it as being a horror story, where Hop Frog retaliates against the King and Court using drastic measures in order to regain his freedom? Hop Frog was the Kings professional jester, but he was more than a mere jester in the eyes of the King, because he was also a cripple and a dwarf. Dwarfs are very common during this period in time and "most monarchs could not go a day without laughing at his Jester and not laughing at his dwarf". Hop Frog was given his name "by the consent of the seven ministers on account of his inability to walk as other men do". The little mobility that Hop Frog possessed was "between a leap and a riddle", which the King and his ministers felt was very amusing. The prodigious, muscular power that was held in his upper body and arms made up for his crippled legs, this enabled him to perform many magnificent stunts to excite and impress his audience, "by way of compensation for deficiency in the lower limbs, enabled him to perform many feats of wonderful dexterity, where trees and ropes were... ... middle of paper ... ...eless girl, and his seven councillors who abet him in the outrage. As for my self I am simply Hop-Frog, the jester - and this is my last jest". For hundreds of years the small man has been laughed at and scorned. The character that the dwarf emulates in films, on stage in theatres and at the circus is one of humour. We are led to believe that they enjoy to be laughed at, but there is only so much one person can take. Hop Frog had a number of other disabilities and we can feel sympathy and compassion for this individual who has continually suffered. But do we accept that he is justified in taking revenge. At the end of the story we believe that he returns home with his lovely Trippetta. Hop frog has the characteristics of a modern day killer, could he have been an inspiration to modern day writers and directors?
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