After Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo feels that it is his responsibility to avenge his friend’s death. However, he doesn’t have the authority to determine Tybalt’s fate. If he had let the law take care of punishment, he would not have had blood on his hands and he would not have been sent into exile. Secondly, Romeo’s feelings lack consistency. In one moment Romeo is full of anger and hatred for Tybalt, so he kills him.
When he heard Apollo’s prophecy, he could have calmly investigated the murder of King Laius, but in his hastiness, he cursed the murder, and in so, cursing himself. “I pray that that man’s life be consumed in evil and wretchedness. And as for me, this curse applies no less” (Sophocles 13). Oedipus’ desire to know the truth about Laius’ murder and the mystery surrounding his birth, led Oedipus to his realization of his doings. Although multiple people tried to stop him from pursuing the truth, he is unable to.
Once Cole finally does open up to him with the iconic line “I see dead people”, Malcolm feels a crushing sense of defeat and a fear that Cole needs to be institutionalized. This would mean that he wasn’t able to help him, like he hadn’t been able to help the patient who had met a tragic end. However, through further scrutiny of old interviews with the patient, Dr. Crowe realizes that the spirits the man claimed to be around were actually speaking to him. With this newfound belief, Malcolm and Cole set out to help Cole face his fears, and help the lost spirits as well. In the end, Cole ends up helping Malcolm just as much as Malcolm had helped Cole, if not more.
To Paul, Duval is just like any other man, and in this instance, a man who needs Pauls help. But Paul kills him, and in that moment totally loses his way. In addition, Hardy’s poem isn’t as intense as Remarque’s novel, but nontheless effective in its message. One doesn’t enlist in the war to kill but instead one is “out of work…no other reason why.” He writes that if two enemies were to meet in any other circumstances, then they could have been friends, possibly even shared a drink. In the third stanza, the
These fearful emotions he used to protect himself were much like the emotions he felt which caused to be overprotective of his son. Fear of something bad caused him to take preventive measures. As he performs these actions, he can’t bare to look at his victim, his son’s killer. He is a very emotional person, and cannot face these emotions. “…Every day in his soul he shot Richard…”(108).
The narrator in Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Tell Tale Heart” is an interesting murderer who kills an old man with whom he lives with. He tells us his entire story very “calmly” as if murder is a casual thing. The narrator’s consciousness is represented by his feelings he encounters throughout the story. The narrator gives us an honest straightforward version of events that occur but does not see the full picture, which forces the reader to read his subconscious desires. The way the narrator tells his story is reliable in the readers’ perspective but when analyzed very closely, he is found unreliable because of his insanity, paranoia and uneasiness, and he is confused about what he really feels and thinks.
Poe has always been relatively successful in invoking fear. His attention to detail creates a vision for the reader to imagine, without being overly descriptive. It creates a sense of realism, and also a sense of surrealism. I believe there’s a sense of guilt the main character and his friend feel for burying his sister without reporting to the authorities or seeking help, and this eventually manifests into fear that vengeance will be sought upon them. Roderick believes the noises they hear is Madeline attempting to escape her coffin.
I think it’s also interesting that Torres knew that the barber might kill him, but he still went to see if he would or not kill him. What surprised me about this story is that Torres knew all along that the barber might kill him. And he basically could have, or had sacrificed his life by going to the barber and having a razor right on his neck. I was also surprised that the barber didn’t go through with killing Torres. Because he kept going back and forth about killing him, and he kept on stating reasons why he should and shouldn’t kill him.
The second character to blame for Lennie’s death is Lennie. He is responsible for his own death as he has no idea of his own strength. His inability to comprehend most things leaves him at a disadvantage. This disadvantage allows him to be manipulated into bad situations which will only cause him trouble. Although he has learning difficulties he can still tell the moral difference between right and wrong.
Even though he knows he did not kill him he still blames himself after years of his brother’s death. She makes us see in his point of view how hard it is for him to be blamed for his brother’s death. Louis does not want to kill people because he would feel guilty if he were to kill someone. The first literary device Anne Rice uses to create a theme of bad people can have a good heart is similes. It states” Lestat still held me, of course, and his arm was like the weight of an iron bar” (Rice, 19).