Montresor seeks the destruction of his rival due to Fortunato's insult. The need for revenge, in these stories, is shown to hurt other people emotionally and physically. Both these stories exemplify the dark side of human nature. Revenge can overwhelm a person, and become the single most important objective in their life. Throughout the short story "A Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allan Poe, develops the feelings of revenge, held by the central character Montresor.
We are also told how contagious conflict and the 'ancient grudge' can be, ‘civil blood makes civil hands unclean’. The choice of the word 'civil' shows that the 'grudge' has gone beyond private and spread into society, highlighting how infectious it can be. Moreover, the word 'blood' implies death, proving the dangerous consequences of conflict both physically and mentally. Furthermore, the word ‘unclean’ reminds the audience of blood stains which yet again remind us of the deadly consequences of conflict, and also the long term effects of conflict, like the scars and the lingering guilt. The prologue inevitably ends with a Shakespearean rhyming couplet just as the tragedy will always end in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, 'Death-marks of love'.
Bob Ewell instills racism and immorality in Mayella Ewell, and this influence shows itself in the way she is willing to lie and kill a man for her own benefit. Her specific behavior in the trial is influenced by her father and her fear of not complying to him, while her general actions, too, are influenced by Bob Ewell’s own prejudice and depravity. Chains are a good representation of Mayella and her relationship with her father, as he restricts her words in the trial, while also restricting her in the family with his drinking, irresponsibility, and
Wherefore should I, Stand in the plague of custom and permit, the curiosity of nations to deprive me,” (Shakespeare 1.2.1-4) so Edmund punish his father for the lack of respect he has gotten over the years. Edmund does get retributive justice catches him at the end when he is killed. Fraser believes that it will not solve anything, anger “can easily serve to perpetuate violence and hatred- one act of violence leading to another in response, which can provoke yet another” (Fraser pg2). Fraser states “Forgiveness is
The main theme throughout Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is conflict which consequently leads to the death of many main characters. Conflict in act 1, scene 1 is set in the streets of Verona and is the result of bravery and honour. “I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them if they bear it.” this shows how even just the simplest of gestures can spark the beginning of a possible deadly feud, this shows bravery from the two Capulet servants as they bit their thumb at the Montagues. “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?” This shows that the Montague's were concerned about their honour because to bite your thumb at someone at this time was seen as a very disrespectful and dishonourable thing to do and honour and respect were very important. They also did not want to disgrace their family by ignoring this simple gesture which in the end does begin a feud in the streets.
This is some of the proof in the text of Romeo’s impulsiveness. Romeo and Juliet display Romeo’s ill made decisions when Romeo consumed in anger and grief kills Tybalt. Rather than letting the law deal with the murder of Mercutio he takes matters into his own hands and engages Tybalt in a fight killing him in the heat of battle. “Now, Tybalt, take the “villain” back again, / That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio’s soul/” (3.1.125-126). This exclamation shows Romeo’s ill made decision making in a time of grief.
If that [has] not avenged me, I can do no more!" (Hawthorne 122). Chillingworth is obsessed with taking personal revenge on Dimmesdale, but lets the community revenge itself on Hester. Puritan society persuades Chillingworth into evil, making him do anything to punish the couple who have sinned. Nonetheless, the revenge takes over Chillingworth’s life describing, "…That old man's revenge [is] blacker than my sin.
He is so prideful that, rather than conduct a more intensive investigation or entertain thoughts of forgiveness, he chooses to kill Desdemona when Iago presents (false) evidence of her unfaithfulness. Certainly, it is tragedy at its finest when he discovers that he has killed the love of his life based on untrue allegations, and must face her death at hand with his own terrible arrogance, as well as the societal repercussions of his deed. Othello’s tragedy begins a foreshadowing of the events to come, when Iago woos Roderigo with the thought of
“Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what,-get thee to church o’ Thursday, or never after look me in the face: speak not, reply not, do not answer me; My fingers itch.-Wife, we scarce thought us bles’d but now I see this one is too much and that we have a curse in having her: out on her, hilding!”(III.v.160-168) Instead of staying calm as he did at the party, Lord Cap let his anger get the best of him. Maybe he should have took the time to think about Juliet’s feelings. He might of wanted to change his last words to
Some people use their power in a wrong way, and commit crimes because they want even more power that they already have. The blinding act marks a turning point in the play, because some actions like cruelty, betrayal, and even madness may be reversible, but blinding is not. Gloucester reflects the profound despair that drives him to desire his own death, after being blinded by Cornwall and Regan, “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport” (4.1.37–38). More important, he emphasizes one of the play’s principal themes, the question of whether there is justice in the universe. Gloucester’s philosophical musing here offers an outlook of miserable despair, he