Slavery In Poe's Hop Frog

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Register to read the introduction… The story takes place in a kingdom where Hop-Frog along with Trippetta were brought from an unknown region:” I am not able to say with precision, from what country Hop-Frog originally came. It was from barbarous region, however no person ever heard of- a vast distance from the court of our king…”. First, we may suppose that the image attributed to the kingdom where the story takes place is one of a small isolated political & geographical entity, since there there’s hardly any relation with outside world. This image is similar to the one of plantations in Southern States where their owner differently managed each of them & had each different rules regarding their slaves. Although all these plantations were within the borders of United States, governments (federal or state), had little control over each of these “ autonomous” entities. Therefore, according to this hypothesis, the quote( cited below in italic) matches the scenario of slaves being brought to U.S in the 19th century. In fact, they were brought from Africa, the continent located far away from United States. Also, in the middle of 19th century, the Americans had very little knowledge about the various primitive tribes residing in Africa, which causes the inability of the narrator to precisely affirm from which country Hop-Frog was originally coming. Finally, a big majority of African population was often called by the Americans to be “barbarous” due to their uncivilized way of …show more content…
This antagonism reaches its highest level as we , along with Hop-Frog, see the king’s outrageous behaviors toward the innocent Trippetta: “He pushed her violently from him, & threw the contents of the brimming goblet in her face … There was a dead silence for about a half of a minute … it was interrupted by a low, but a harsh & protracted grating sound…” . Although, it is only in the end that Poe reveals the origin of the noise( some may have noticed it right away), he uses this sound to describe Hop-Frog’s frustration, caused entirely by his incapability to defend his best friend, Trippetta, & act upon his freewill. The author points that this frustration is being accumulated over the time & one day will reach its top. Finally, it does reach its highest level when Hop-Frog undertakes his revenge on king & his seven ministers & burn them. As a matter of fact, the slaves in the South were subject to the same kind of treatment as Trippetta is. They were exposed to beating, humiliation, insult, etc. There is not much they could do to defend themselves, since they were only slaves. Finally, this mistreatment of slaves reached its top & led to numerous revolts that are represented in the story by Hop-Frog’s revenge. It all led to confrontations between the North & the South, which finally brought United States to the Civil

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