Hop Frog Character Analysis Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe is known for writing stories with a grim and mysterious tone. He is still considered to be the father of the detective story and he remains one of the most timeless and extraordinary of all American creative artists. Many of his stories contain a first-person narrator, but in his story Hop-Frog, the narrator seems to be different from all the rest. It is not said who the narrator is, but we can assume that it is Hop-Frog himself. Hop-Frog is the narrator of the story because of his knowledge of events leading up to the king’s death, his opinion of Hop-Frog and Trippetta, and all of the information he knows about Hop-Frog’s background, knowing the identity of the narrator is important because it lets the reader know whether or …show more content…
The speaker begins to describe Hop-Frog by saying, “His fool, or professional jester, was not only a fool, however. His value was trebled in the eyes of the king, by the fact of his being also a dwarf and a cripple” (Poe 502). From this description, the reader can assume that the narrator is Hop-Frog because he does not speak highly of himself in physical characteristics. The narrator does, however, speak of Hop-Frog highly when talking about how essential he is. He states, “Hop-Frog, in especial, was so inventive in the way of getting up pageants, suggesting novel characters, and arranging costume, for masked balls, that nothing could be done, it seems, without his assistance” (Poe 503). From this evidence, the audience is able to predict that the narrator is Hop-Frog because he knows both his strengths and weaknesses as the king’s jester. The narrator also speaks highly of Trippetta by saying, “… but she, on account of her grace and exquisite beauty (although a dwarf), was universally admired and petted” (Poe 503). From events in the story, the reader is led to believe that Hop-Frog is very fond of Trippetta. This makes the evidence provided from the story relevant because if Hop-Frog is the narrator, he would speak fondly of Trippetta because of his attraction towards her. The narrator’s descriptions of both of these main characters make it seem as though …show more content…
The information that is provided about Hop-Frog includes; facts regarding where he got his nickname, knowledge of his muscular power, and awareness of what country he may have come from. This excessive wisdom about the main character, drives the reader to believe that Hop-Frog is the narrator himself, because he is able to list key facts about him that not many other people would know. This also promotes Hop-Frog as an unreliable narrator because he can change any information about himself to make it look like he is doing what is right. From the evidence in the text, the audience can conclude that the narrator is Hop-Frog because of all the knowledge he has regarding himself, his description of Trippetta, and the steps leading up to the king’s death. In this situation, Hop-Frog becomes an unreliable narrator because he is able to make himself seem correct in corrupting his plan to murder the king. It is important to know who the narrator of a story is, so the reader knows whether to trust what they say or

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