Short Story Hop-Frog

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Hop-frog is justified for the murder of the King and his ministers in the short story “Hop-Frog”. One reason why I believe this is because the King took advantage of him his whole life. Hop-frog was forcefully taken from his home and given as a present to the King. No one should be taken and given to another person as a gift; it’s a life not a toy. Hop-Frogs parents would never get to see him grow up and live a normal life because it was taken away from his at a young age. The King took advantage of his power and Hop-Frog. Also, another reason is the fact that they named him Hop-Frog. “I believe the name ‘Hop-Frog’ was not that given to the dwarf by his sponsors at baptisms, but it was conferred upon him…” (Poe 1). To degrade someone so low and name them because of a…show more content…
He took advantage of Hop-Frogs time and any potential he had. In addition Hop-Frog was also justified from the fact that he was a joke his whole life. The King loved when he quivered and squirmed, forcing him to do things he did not want to do: “But the King loved his piratical jokes, and took pleasure in forcing Hop-Frog to drink…” (Poe 2). The King and his ministers all laughed and took in pleasure when Hop-Frog had tears in his eyes from the mercenary act the King performed. Making a joke from his sadness. Furthermore, he was made a joke because of his disability. Most dwarfs during that time were jesters because of their disability. It is so downgrading that as a result of the way you were born you had your whole life figured out. Being a big joke to those in high power was the result of dwarfism. Likewise Hop-Frogs life was a joke because he only had one friend, Tripetta and she stuck up for him making me seem powerless. His only friend was a dancer with the same disability as him; they bonded over the fact that they were both dolls on strings controlled by the king. Overall making their life a joke controlled by the
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