Poe creates a character that is not only insane enough to commit murder over an “insult” but he does so with a very warped state of mind. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” The theme of this story is immediately established by the opening line. The theme is one of revenge, revenge over an insult. Montresor feels that he has been wronged by Fortunato; therefore he must have harsh vengeance in which his victim is aware of the punishment he is receiving (Womack). The revenge theme becomes even stronger with an interpretation of Montresor’s family crest.
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.
Sympathy for Scrooge Dickens creates very little sympathy for Scrooge during the first stave. Scrooge is seen as the pantomime villain for whom no one can feel sorry. However, during the reclamation the reader begins to feel more sympathy as Scrooge regains his ability to feel emotion. In the first Stave, all of Scrooge’s problems are self-inflicted. He is seen as a very cruel person who cannot be saved from himself.
"I killed a man it's not my fault he was sent by the Devil" A quote of a stuttering man that begins the new world full of excuses and mistakes. To be stamped a freak would an individual feel despair of hope? The Chrysalids, a novel by John Wyndham is a story of despair, despair where mistakes from the past is exerted into the future. Humans in the novel use alibis to excuse them from their offenses, and blame the ones that can not defend themselves. The characters all suffer due to the judgment and unacceptance that lead them to death or suicide in the future .
Due to his indecisiveness on making key decisions, Hamlet suffers from the tragic flaw of procrastination. Hamlet procrastinated with his revenge of his father’s death, prioritizing his love for Ophelia, and his decisions on deciding to make the kill. Hamlet was procrastinating with his revenge of his father’s death because he was too indecisive on when and how he was going to do it also whether or not the ghost was right. Prioritizing his love for Ophelia, Hamlet did not show his love to Ophelia until she was just a cold, dead corpse being put 6 feet under. Finally Hamlet had the perfect opportunity to get his revenge and yet again his indecisiveness is getting the best of him.
Although both stories show how the characters dehumanize their respective victims, each authors concept on dehumanization was found seemingly different. In “the man I killed” o brien uses imagination and fantasy to explain his guilt. Meanwhile poe uses a sense of fear to claim his own sanity in the killing of an old man. Therefore clearly showing how both short stories have different approaches on dehumanization. In Tim o’ briens “the man I killed” the authors concept on dehumanization was a sense of fantasy.as protagonist in the short story tim dehumanizes his victim by killing him with a grenade in the villages of my khe.
___________________________ the story also talks about enlightment due to schooling in that Dee realized, only after having learnt adequetly, the importance of one's past (Traditional Values) and thats when she decided to take it up to herself to preserve it despite her methods being "contrary" to those of the narrato _______________________________________________________________ In the short story "Everyday Use" the main conflict appears to be over which daughter will get the quilt. However, the underlying conflict is the two daughter’s competition for their mother's love. The quilt is a symbol of the mother's love and acceptance of her child and of the value that is placed on the relationship. The story is about two daughters. One daughter is intelligent, went off to college and has become successful.
The personality traits of insanity and intellectuality also contribute greatly to the death of Hamlet. Hamlet’s tragic flaw is his procrastination. Without a doubt, Hamlet portrays procrastination and indecisiveness multiple times in the play. The ghost of Hamlet’s father visits him in the beginning of the play informing Hamlet that he was murdered by his own brother, Claudius: “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life/ Now wears the crown”(I.v.44,45). Furthermore, Shakespeare exhibits how Hamlet chose to devise a plan of acting mad, rather than avenging his father’s death immediately, progressing to his demise.
As the main characteristic of a tragic, the character must represent anxiety, leading to a serious consequence as drastic as death. In Othello, the main character shows a series of downfalls in according to his actions such as his social status, emotional correspondence, and the loss of his beloved wife. Due to the fact Othello murdered his own wife, it yields the consequences as he commits suicide with a small knife. This outcome takes the audience by surprise as a different penance is expected, resulting in peripeteia.The deaths play a key role in the tragedy as we see the weakness of our main character, as he believes he'd rather not live at all, than live without his love, knowing her innocence and suffering through his guilt. These tragic deaths represents Catharsis in Othello as the readers feel pity at the loss of Desdemona.
The theme of insanity is easily recognizable and plays a large role in “The Tell-Tale Heart” to why the protagonist murders the old man; However, in “‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ [readers only see] the results of madness, not its origins” (Symons 241). The narrator begins the story by stating he is not insane but this “produces [the] opposite effect upon the reader” because of the lack of reliable motivation (Robinson 369). It is the psychological illness of the protagonist that urges him to “rid [himself] of the eye” (Poe 188). Here, readers are at a disadvantage as they can only view the eye through the biased,