History is narrated by a man who lives with his cousin an aunt in the valley, one that is so full of fragrant flowers, fantastic trees and a river of silence. After living there for a year, love came to the Narrator’ heart and his cousin Eleonore. The valley reflected the beauty of their young love. Eleonore, however, has been created so perfect just to die. She is not afraid of death, but fears her cousin would leave the valley after she dies and pledge his love to someone else.
The narrator will swear to her with the Master of the universe as a witness, he will never join in marriage with anyone else after her. Soon after Eleonore’s passing the valley begins to lose its luster and warmth, so the narrator decides to go to a city and once there he meets a woman by the name of Ermengarda, with whom he marries without any feeling of guilt. Eleonore soon visits him from the tomb and sends her blessings to the couple, and release him from his bow by saying: You’re free,) she says for reasons you’ll meet in know in heaven, from your promise to EleonoreThe abrupt end, with the name of the narrator’s new love mentioned in the last few paragraphs, is somewhat unconvincing of Poe’s attempts to justify his own feelings since he had also lived a similar predicament so he tries to convince us that is fine to remarry after losing the love of your life without any guilt. Hop-FrogHop-Frog is a dwarf jester, mockery of the whole court, especially the king and his ministers. Enslaved and humiliated in all possible ways, he tries to retain his anger and serve with all possible kindness to his “owners”, having as his only hope Trippetta, a young dwarf of whom he is in love.
However, in the prelude to a festival of masks, royalty humiliates Trippetta and shames her terribly. This would end up becoming the straw that broke the camel’s back, unleashing all the wrath of Hop-Frog, who will pour his cruel revenge on the king and his ministers. Undoubtedly, the most curious and worked aspect of the work is the delicacy and complexity of the murder. Hop-Frog plans with total accuracy any detail that could influence his complex plan. Everything resides in the trust that the whole court has over Hop-Frog. Their victims, totally deceived by the jester, trust that they are being disguised for the occasion, when in reality they are being disguised as materials that burn easily. As can be seen in other accounts of Poe’s murders, as in “The Tell-tale Heart”, Poe makes an extremely detailed plan and makes sure that there is no type of loose end. In addition to the aforementioned point of clothing, Hop-Frog chains all ministers to ensure they do not escape, and leaves a chain in the middle of the room to perform there execution.
Thanks to his ability to disguise his plans, nobody suspects him until the last moments. This is a true work of revenge, very classic of Poe and his detail with the plans he plotted in his stories. At first, it seems that we are not attending a work by Poe, due to the scarcity of elements of terror or suspense; However, this feeling disappears as soon as he begins to describe Hop-Frog’s anger and revenge hunger, so typical in his literary work.