And he kills an old man for no other reason than because his eye makes “his blood run cold”. The story starts out erratic, “True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”(228). The narrator cannot even speak in complete sentences, or even complete thoughts here and that sends up a red flag that something might be off in his head. He claims his madness is not really madness; it is just his sharpened senses. “The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them.
He turns himself into the cops because he believes he hears the man’s heart beating through the wooden floor that he was buried in. Madness has truly overtaken the narrator throughout the story as the never-ending struggle to end a man’s life becomes an obsession that guilt overcomes. One major aspect to prove the narrator as completely mad is the way he describes his feelings toward the old man. When talking about his eye, Poe explains “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” (Poe 413) He is admitting to wanting to take someone’s life only because he cannot stand the sight of something physically unappealing in this innocent old man. He waits quietly for the old man to sleep so that he can kill him, however the old man’s eye is always closed, so there is no ill feeling towards him.
In comparison, Slim was more thoughtful and wanted the dog dead for its own good because of its poor health: “He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself. Why'n't you shoot him, Candy?” At the end of the novel when Lennie must die, similarly, Carlson is only interested in killing the weak (Lennie), so he says, “I’ll get my luger” not thinking about anyone else. The scene that includes the killing of the old dog foreshadows the death of Lennie too; one clue is that the dog is shot in the back of the head completely unaware and with no pain with the luger. Towards the end of the novel, Lennie is also secretly shot in the same place with the same weapon by George out of mercy so his friend doesn’t experience a cruel painful death.
By building a less than satisfactory house where it fell down and killed the owners is considered murder because the carpenter did not make sure the house was built perfect. The Babylon society did not want any crime or anything bad to ever happen that is why The Code of Hammurabi is so harsh. The Code of Hammurabi was meant to keep the citizens safe and this is shown in #14, If a man has stolen the son of a freeman, he shall be put to death. The
“The boy was dead the moment Mayella opened her mouth and screamed. It’s not right, but sometimes we can’t change the minds of white men.” Tom Robinson was innocent and most people know it. Mayella Ewell was obviously coached to lie- she stopped answering questions at one point. Mr. Bob Ewell was a low man who no doubt abused his children. It was obvious that Mr. Ewell beat his daughter, not Tom Robinson.
In chapter one, Jack hesitates to stab and kill a piglet because he has never killed anything, and the barbaric act of cutting into a living creature was too overwhelming. Not only does Jack see this as a personal weakness, but he also is embarrassed by his hesitation and says “I was choosing a place.” His explanation that he was looking for a place to stab the piglet was false and everyone knew it was the unbearable blood stopping Jack from killing the creature; however, he vows that next time the pig won't get away. This vow opens the door to the savagery that will overtake him and many of the boys who want to satisfy their primal impulses. Clearly Jack does not start off as a monster, and he still remains in touch with civilization. Although, as the novel continues, Jack's trajectory gradually moves away from the formal, civilized way of life and steadily toward murder and brutality.
The by standers didn’t hear him groaning because they had already dismissed him in their minds. It is as if the reader is the only one who can hear him after death. By the third line in the first stanza we can hear the “dead man’s” voice. He says; “I was much further out than you thought” implying that he was in danger and he was seeking help, and he knew that no one cared to noticed. He was not waving, as the bystanders assumed he was, but he was always drowning.
It is symbolic for the simple fact that Tom Robinson is just an innocent man trying to live his life. All he ever did was try to be a good, honest person and help Mayella Ewell when she was in need. In return he lost his freedom and his life. All because Mayella Ewell felt the need to cover up the fact that “she kissed a black man” and broke “a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with”(232). Another event compared to killing a mockingbird is Boo Radley and the death of Bob Ewell.
But instead of two killings there was one Bob he probly killed people. That’s how threatening he was. As you can see I killed Bob because, he was threatening and killing me and Ponyboy. I self-defensed myself that day. If I didn’t than I wouldn’t be standing here today in this courtroom.
Once he finds out this is true he blinds himself and banned his self from civilization forever. He is the most tragic hero because fate was a main part of the tragedy. Oedipus rose to be king then fell to become a blind person who committed incest. Hamlet main goal was to avenge his father. Hamlet’s father’s ghost appears to Hamlet telling him what happened and to avenge him.