Continuing with the insults she claims that, “when [he] durst do it, then [he] were a man,” which considering the times, femininity was considered a weakness (1.7.49). Lady Macbeth’s intensive compulsion tactics, I believe, made Macbeth mentally unstable which subsequently allowed for his delusional state to
“The Tell Tale Heart” is a story, on the most fundamental level, of conflict. There is a mental conflict inside the narrator himself (expecting the narrator is male). Through clear clues and explanations, Poe cautions the reader to the mental condition of the narrator, which is insanity. The insanity is portrayed as an obsession (with the old man 's eye), which thus leads to loss of control and in the long run outcomes in violence. At last, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate.
He had previously talked about some kind of an illness by saying “The disease had sharpened my senses…” (Poe, 691), which is a contradicting sentence in itself as a disease is supposed to do the opposite of enhancing one’s abilities. It becomes apparent later on that it’s this “disease” that makes him think irrationally and cause him to act the way he does. His acute sense of hearing has let him hear the old man’s heartbeat, which has become so loud with terror that the narrator says “And now a new anxiety seized me — the sound would be heard by a neighbor!” (Poe, 693). The narrator has actually created this disease in his head to explain to himself the fact that he could hear the heartbeat of the old man, which is actually impossible to feel without physical contact. This way, Poe shows us that the “over-acuteness of senses” that he experiences, becomes an excuse to commit the
Authors put unreliable characters throughout a story to develop the plot. Can you trust them? Edgar Allen Poe is one of those authors. He puts unreliable narrators throughout his story's to develop the plot. He uses the fact that his characters are mentally unstable, they have an askew moral compass, and they are not credible to develop the narrators as unreliable.
She believes her own lie so much that she does not realise that Stella, Unice and Stanley are taking her away to a mental institution. Instead she has high hopes that Shep Huntleigh will take her away. They play along with her illusion saying "She's going on a vacation"(168). knowing that she is so delusional that she truly believes her own lie to distract her from knowing what is actually happening. Blanche's constant dependency on men and her infatuation with Shep Huntleigh makes one question if her so called savoir is real or imaginary.
In the story, a narrator carefully conceals his murder but in the end he reveals his crime, as his conscience acting up. Edgar Allen Poe himself says, “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity” and this could have had an impact on the way he wrote his stories. I believe that Poe uses the first person narrator in his stories to show insanity because it adds to his morbid life. His history seems to be the reason for his writing that have to do with insanity. Given this story of his life, it is possible to think that his use of the first person narrator and the way that he tells the stories could be a mirror to his
These characters are Ophelia and Hamlet. The difference of their madness is that Ophelia was truly insane while Hamlet only was pretending to be mad. Hamlet was more depressed than mad since he is faking madness to get to his objective which is revenge but got delayed by his mental illness. For example, Hamlet states, “Out of my weakness and my melancholy, /As he is very potent with such spirits, /Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds / More relative than this.
In othello a main theme shown is that people 's words can affect others thoughts and action. This is shown through iago and othello. Iago plants seeds of suspicion that desdemona is cheating on othello with cassio. Iago says comments such as, “if you are so found over her iniquity, give her / patent to offend, for if it tuch not you, it comes near / nobody Shakespeare 4.1.198-201), and other remarks about desdemona 's infidelity. Iago has no proof that desdemona is cheating but because of his persuasive words and honest reputation othello believes him.
Innocence is featured as a concern in the Salem trials because Abigail Williams was seen as an innocent victim of witchcraft. On the other hand, she was able to use this to accuse others of witchcraft to further her own agendas. This questions the supposed innocence of members of society. Arthur Miller wrote the novel to criticize McCarthyism. Miller does this by connecting the fictionalized drama based on a real life situation to another situation,
The indication that “Hamlet does it not … his madness” is what forces him to behave as he does, that “Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong’d”; “his madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy” lends to the idea that lunacy is all-consuming and that the ill cannot be condemned for acts committed while mentally unstable: their mania is the true culprit (V.ii.232-238). Hamlet is driven to decimation by his madness, which forces