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.
His conscience makes him a coward; if he didn’t think so much about committing suicide he would have already killed himself! He does say it “and thus native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought” our instinct to act and not be a coward (in his eyes) is made weak by too much thinking. Hamlet sees himself as a coward. This lack of confidence is also making him fail to achieve his task. The murder of his father has not been mentioned throughout this whole soliloquy because he might know someone is listening, however he does reflect all the themes and thoughts about killing, but on himself.
It is important to understand Iago’s character and motives that he conveys in his soliloquies, in order to truly understand why he betrayed Othello. From the start of the text, we learn Cassio has taken the position of lieutenant under Othello’s command, the position that Iago had lusted for, and it is this concept that drives Iago to destroy Othello; "To get his place and to plume up my will in double knavery. How? How? Let's see.
He is dedicated to his own point of view, which is cold, merciless, brutal, conniving, and revengeful. He does not mind telling us about his torture and murder of Fortunato; indeed, he thinks what he did was the just, right way to handle the situation. Because not much is revealed about the narrator it made the strong emotions of revenge coming from him very confusing. For example, the story beginning with the narrator expressing that Fortunato has hurt him and because of this he must seek revenge, proposing to the reader that Fortunato is the villain without any distinct reason as to why, making the reader speculate as to why and form his own thoughts and reasons as to why he felt this way. As he confesses this story fifty years after it happened, such a significant passage of time between the events and the narration of the events makes the narrative all the more unreliable.
The officer plays a crucial role in this story. When we are referring to the machine’s breakdown, it is actually the breakdown of the officer’s character. His character is barbaric which in turn leads him to become unaffected by the ruthlessness of the machine. How inhumane of the officer to even think about using such a machine that has so many needles to rummage into the flesh of another human. Though the prisoner has committed the crime of not saluting, he should not be executed and that too in such a punishable manner.
Together, these suggest that Wolsey didn’t let anything get in the way of his quest to achieve justice for all, even if it gained him powerful enemies and went against the tradition of the time. Although source three does agree that, in his unconventional way, “he [Wolsey] punished the rich”, it disagrees with sources one and two in relation to the question because it claims
He then proceeds to exile and mutilate himself, feeling this was the punishment he deserved. In Oedipus at Colonus however, Oedipus makes a drastic turnaround. He is still very much ashamed of his actions, but no longer has a hatred for himself that he had before. He tells the chorus of the prophecy and his wrongdoings, but he knows that the prophecy was the reason for all the unfortunate events. There was no way that he could have escaped the prophecy: it was his fate.
Lao Tzu only cares about the people not hating their leader because that will cause troubles so he decides not to take their money and give them whatever they need. This is not a good idea. It will not help the people learn that they need to work for it themselves. They are just given everything. War was also a big topic in both of their views.
At this point in the story Jack is not sufficiently prepared to kill, but he is approaching the point at which he can inflict mortal violence upon another, whether a pig or a person. Ralph cannily realizes this trait when he reminds Jack that the most important thing that the boys must do is to build a shelter. He implicitly tells Jack that his obsession with hunting does not help the boys' chances of survival. Golding elaborates on Ralph's character in this chapter, which is presented as sympathetic, rational, and focused on the group's welfare. Still, he is not a perfect leader.
Human beings are slaves to their desires; their actions are determined by the will of their strongest present desire. Thus individuals naturally fear death as the ultimate frustration of their ability to satisfy their desires, particularly violent death at the hands of others. Since the state of nature is a condition of scarcity and not of abundance this brings us into violent competition with others for resources and space. And as we are egoists according to Hobbes we have no natural inclination to cooperate with each other or to limit our desires. But isn’t this a massive generalisation that Hobbes is making here, many individuals are happy fulfilling but a few essential desires rationalising that violent