Soon after, the young prince is visited by a ghost that resembled the appearance of his dead past father. To increase confusion on Hamlet’s situation even more, the ghost gives details about the truth of King Hamlet’s death; the King was murdered by Claudius while asleep. Because of this and other similar factors, like betrayal, Hamlet began to fall down into a sense of insanity. Throughout William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, indication of Prince Hamlet’s true madness is seen in his feelings of abandonment and betrayal from the relationships he has with his family and friends, the unstable emotions and thoughts of avenging his father’s “unnatural” murder, and the unbelievable appearance and meeting of the presumably ghost of former king of Denmark Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. The character of Hamlet has
American Gothic as a distinctive American literature provides substantive insights into the history and culture of the United States. Its roots trace back to 18th century when in 1781 a highly religious farmer ritually murdered his wife and four kids after religious voices told him to. Beyond comprehension and strange story caught the attention of a lawyer Charles Brockden Brown, who later used motives of this bloody murder in his book Wieland (1798). The book is a story of conversion of mature and responsible man into a murderous monster. The horrific and irrational sins of the father haunt his son Theodore, who despite the illusions of liberty, finds himself in a tragic fate leading to repetition of the past.
People normally whisper when they want nobody other than the person that they are talking to to hear. The reader wonders why Mortimer wants nobody to hear and therefore reads on. The story of Hugo Baskerville was an ancient legend about a mysterious, huge hound on the moor that killed Hugo Baskerville. This helps build suspense because Sir Charles Baskerville was killed on the moor. This makes the reader think that this mysterious hound killed could have killed Sir Charles too.
Still, we have many reasons to believe that the murderer is Casper Grattan. Joel Hetman, Jr. mentions in his statement that his father loved his wife and was very jealous for her. Moreover, we can see in Casper’s statement that he says that he loved his wife and distrusted her, so he wanted to test her devotion towards him. He claims that he saw' the figure of a man going out of their house at night when his wife was supposed to be there alone, and he got very angry. As he continues with his story, he confesses that that night he was the one to strangle the wife, “I strangled her till she died” he says.
Hamlet believes the his uncle Claudius who is now the King of Denmark, murdered his father taking both the throne and his mother. This Idea comes to Hamlet when he speaks to a ghost that has been wandering the castle late at night. When Hamlet sees the ghost it beckons him to follow it so they may speak privately. The ghost claims to be the spirit of Hamlet's dead father: “ I am thy father spirit.” ( I.V.10-20). The ghost tells Hamlet that he was killed by Hamlets uncle: “Ay, that incestous, that aldulterate beast, with witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts.” (I.V.43-80).
As we progress through his soliloquys in the play we see changes in Hamlet’s emotions and feelings towards what he eventually wants to do. By the third soliloquy we have found out about Hamlet’s fathers ghost and that Claudius was the one who killed him. Hamlet is angered by this and assures that he will only think of getting revenge on Claudius. Later he realizes that he should stop procrastinating and hurry up and avenge his father, but he doesn’t have the courage to do it. Hamlet also expresses the possibilities that the ghost could have been the devil.
Michele’s initial thought, was that the boy was being kept a prisoner by the monsters in the stories he read, stating: ‘What if I arrived and found witches or an ogre there?’p64. His vivid imagination illustrates his innocence and interpretation of the real world. This depicts how scared Michele is of the “witches”, “ogres” and “monsters”. He eventually learns that these do not exist due to what his father said: “its men [he] should be afraid of, not monsters” p49. This statement about monsters and men made by Michele’s father is very ironic as his father is the “monster” who kidnaps Fillipo and hides him into a hole, not the “monsters” in his make-believe stories.
“Shaking in every limb, I groped my way back to the wall- resolving there to perish rather than risk the terrors of the wells, of which my imagination now pictured many in various positions about the dungeon” (Poe, Pit 3). The narrator is frightened of what might happen to him while in the dungeon. He is in fact so frightened that in his imagination there have already been thoughts about what might happen to him if he is held captive any longer. “The disease sharpened my senses – not destroyed – not dulled them” (Poe, Heart 657). The eye symbolizes having an eye for the ultimate truth; with the ultimate truth the narrator can calmly tell the readers the whole story (Ki, 2).
Simon’s death symbolises the death of all he represents: hope, He foresees the future, the division and opposing leaders: “Simon looked now, from Ralph to Jack, as he had looked from Ralph to the horizon, and what he saw made him afraid.” He realises that the beast is them and that the fear for the beast is unconquerable unless the other boys realise it. But when he dies, it established a sense of hopelessness on the island. Simon, also, is William Golding’s mouthpiece: through Simon’s death Golding emphasises ‘mankind’s essential illness’”. The other boys, ironically, believe that Simon is the beast: “A thing was crawling out of the forest” (…) “the beast stumbled into the horse shoe.” His goodness is not tolerated, it’s destroyed. This suggests that truth and goodness fail to survive in the world.
Sleepy Hollow is an allegory that helps the audience understands how the characters and their ideas contribute to the elements of human perception. During story, person after person is murdered by an unknown creature that lives in the mysterious west woods. After several attempts of trying to discover who is responsible for mystery of the headless horseman, Constable Ichabod Crane, a scientist from New York, comes to revel all of the lies and secrets behind the matter .As the characters develop a phobia of the headless horseman, they come to fear the unknown and therefore suggest that the headless horseman is a mass murderer. Throughout the course of the story, the setting, characters, and plot are built on the perception of the unknown individual through fear, and speculation. Ichabod Crane lived in New York and took a wide interest in the field of science.