LITERARY DEVICES IN HOP-FROG : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I need to know the literary devices that are in Poe's story "Hop-Frog", and how "Hop-Frog" is effected by his act of revenge. Thank You.

-- Anonymous, December 14, 2003



-- Anonymous, December 14, 2003

A coded story with bitter deep satire. Note the references and reversals of past stories(that Poe seems to symbolically throw off). The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders on the Rue Morgue(orangutangs). The stories where the woman dies(in this one she is symbolically splashed with blood but is rescued and in fact helps in the escape). Perhaps an allusion to the allegory of Dante's Inferno and the escape from Hell. The allusions thus are integral and purposeful in themselves for the "jest" of the story, which unlike the others in plot is also crude, violent, pointedly personal this time- and with a happy ending by the power of the little people themselves.

Foreshadowing with puns and symbols surrounding the slaughter. Told in the third person like "The Masque...." in a faraway medieval setting and architecture.

Hop Frog is vindicated and liberated by his open display of cleverness conjoined to his escape. The last straw leads to the last jest and Hop Frog renounces forever his role.

Was this to be Poe's last Gothic? He had another work in progress when he died, which scholars have named "The Lighthouse" which itself is a return to the sea yarns and that poetic ultimate shore of "Annabel Lee", interestingly set in the same locale as "The Descent into the Maelstrom" and based on a real historic catastrophe as well.

-- Anonymous, December 15, 2003

I also need help with Hop-Frog. I need as many examples of symbolism and allegory in the poem as i can and I need them by Friday Dec. 10. Please help me.

-- Anonymous, December 08, 2004

Hop-Frog's physical deformity mirrors the Arabesque. Just as Hop-Frog does not walk like a normal man, he does not think as one.

-- Anonymous, December 10, 2004

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