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Edgar Allen Poe's short story “Hop-Frog” has it all. The story follows Hop Frog, an enslaved jester in the king's court, and portrays Hop Frog's hardships and deformities along the way. He is a fat dwarf with a limp. He was taken away from his home to be a jester in the king's court. Hop Frog comes to the breaking point and kills the king in a horrific manner. Hop Frog wanted this to be a public display and let everyone know that it was his last jest. Poe's use of literary elements brings the story alive, using symbolism, irony, and characterization. There are many uses of symbolism in “Hop-Frog.” The chains in the story symbolize the tyranny of the king and the entrapment Hop Frog feels as a result of being forced to make the king laugh. The use of fire is the strongest symbolism; this shows Hop Frog carrying out his anger and resentment with revenge, punishing the king by burning him to death. The ourang-outangs symbolize the inhumanity of the king and his cruelness to all things, animal or man. The king thrives on laughing at funny looking things, such as the apes or the deformed Hop Frog. The king sees Hop Frog as being no different than the apes. “Here, scrambling over the heads of the crowd, he managed to get to the wall; when, seizing a flambeau from one of the Caryatides, he returned, as he went, to the centre of the room-leaping, with the agility of a monkey, upon the kings head, and thence clambered a few feet up the chain; holding down the torch to examine the group of ourang-outangs, and still screaming: 'I shall soon find out who they are!'” This sentence depicts the irony in the story. Hop Frog is a fat, crippled dwarf, who in spite of his disabilities, moves with agility. Hop Frog is looked down on for being a crippled and people
The symbolism of the chains and fire depict Hop Frogs feelings towards the king and shows the hatred the Hop Frog has developed towards the king and the kingdom. deformed dwarf who has led a hard life. The ourang-outangs show that the king saw Hop Frog as no better than an animal. in return Hop Frog has nothing but hate towards the king. Poe's use of symbolism. Not only does he have physical deformities. the powerful. he was still capable of great physical feats.Lavinder 2 think that he cannot do much. and characters is brilliantly executed. . The irony in the story shows that just because Hop Frog was a cripple. He is a fat. but he proves the opposite. The portrayal of the characters allows a relationship with one or each of the characters to develop. and an evil tyrant who makes fun of those less fortunate than himself. The feelings of guilt and sympathy arouse for Hop Frog. To the other extreme there is the less fortunate Hop Frog. oppressed jester. The feeling of hate and animosity develop towards the king because of his ill intent towards Hop Frog and the apes. The king treats Hop Frog like a belonging or a pet. powerful. The story is concluded with Hop Frog defeating the king. but he also has an awkward name. The king is strong. irony. The characters tie the story together showing two extremes. evil king and the poor.