Whereas, in Cat on Hot Tin Roof mental illness is present in the form of alcoholism and depression. Similar to Williams’ other plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof deals with emotional and powerful characters in an intimate and claustrophobic setting. Bricks mental illness of depression is caused by his tortured and conflicted feelings of accepting his sexuality. Tennessee Williams was brought up in a racist and homophobic society, and struggled to live freely with his homosexuality, this is very much portrayed through Bricks character. Insanity in King Lear is most evident in the portrayal of Lear himself, his mind is haunted and unsettled by the cruel treatment he receives at the hands of his daughters.
BUT can a story in which no one dies really be about death? The next theme is (freaky whisper while you say it) Fear. "The Pit and the Pendulum" is unquestionably a "scary story." It's meant to give us goose bumps, make us shiver, and generally feel like a scaredy cat. That said, even as it taps into our emotions, it forces us to wonder about why and what we fear.
Though the stories are different in name and plot, they definitely have similarities and differences, yet they portray the same theme. One of the main similarities between the two stories is the anger that both narrators possess. What is interesting about the narrators of the stories is that they seem to have lost control and do not think twice before killing. The anger inside of them seems to have slowly bubbled up until the only thing they cared about was taking out their anger on something or someone. In “The Black Cat” the narrator takes his anger out on his pets, including his favorite cat Pluto, and ultimately his wife.
I believe Macbeth shows many signs of a bipolar disorder, one of the worst disorders. It causes one’s mind to change, to have bad mood swings to think the need everything or deserve it. Because of Macbeth’s mental disorder he devised his own demise. Macbeth shows signs when he shows signs of anxiety and violence. When he can’t make up his mind on what he wants to do.
They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religion prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.” (p.105). We see how hate is breeded from hate in this story; the majority’s hatred for imagination strengthens Stendahl’s hatred for them, which leads to violence and
Let me cite the example of the man from “Black Cat” and the man from “The Tell-Tale Heart”. The resemblance in both these cases is the madness of the protagonists which is also shown by the sentence structure; for example “very dreadfully nervous I had been and am” and “Yet, mad am I not” represent the disorder of subject and verb. But “the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or not the loftiest intelligence…” The first point which comes into my mind, reading the stories, is assertion which is a human instinct. All the human beings try to say what they believe. So, the dislike for the “vulture eye” and “the cat” made them assert that they were not insane.
More of this ominous diction that Shelley uses is shown here and it provides very disturbing imagery. The creepy imagery that is used really makes one's stomach turn so they can see the gruesomeness of the monster, and the gravity of the situation that Frankenstein has put himself in. This also helps us know how he must’ve felt in that position! Obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge, Frankenstein ends up destroying his whole life. He now lives in fear that the monster will kill him.
In the novel, The Catcher in The Rye, the protagonist Holden Caufield seems to be excluded from and victimized by the world around him. As he says to his professor Mr. Spencer, he feels trapped on “the other side” of life, and he continually attempts to find his way in a world in which he feels he doesn’t belong. This alienation is both the source of Holden’s strength and the source of his problems. Part of Holden’s alienation is a result of his inability, or perhaps unwillingness, to grow up. Like a child, Holden fears change and is overwhelmed by complexity, but he is too out of touch with his feelings to admit it.
In sum, isolation becomes the worst imaginable fate throughout the novel, which leads to violence, rage and disaster. Knowledge, social responsibility, society's view of beauty, and secrecy are the major themes that were presented in this gothic novel. Shelley identifies the most hideous of human characteristics in Victor and his monster, and she focuses on how obsession can be a very dangerous and blinding force that leads to various disasters. Frankenstein and his monster represent the good and the bad through the reckless pursuit of knowledge. Both of these characters were afraid of rejection.
As the storm approaches around him, King Lear goes mad, tortured by the pain of the turn his life has received. The madness is the understandable reaction to a life that has no meaning or purpose. Mad can also be used to describe upset and deranged. People seen King Lear this way quite often but some didn’t understand why. My mom has always said “For every action, there is a reaction.” I believe that all the “madness” that is going on is all for a reason.