Davine Francis Mrs.Bauman American Literature, Block B 1 December 2015 The Scarlet Letter, Roger Chillingworth a Symbol of Evil Good and evil, both coexist in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's novel The Scarlet Letter. Roger Chillingworth is a prime emblem of evil. Chillingworth is the husband of Hester Prynne, but when he’s gone she falls in love with someone else. Chillingworth eventually found out who the father was and was going to ruin and ruin his soul. Chillingworth started torturing Reverend Dimmesdale (Hester Prynne’s baby’s father), and as time went on he began to look like the devil.
“The Cask of Amontillado” is a morbid story written by Edgar Allan Poe. In the story, Poe writes in first person point of view, from the prospective of Montresor, the narrator of the estory. Montresor is a bitter man who seeks revenge after years of being humiliated by Fortunato, a man who constantly humiliates him unknowingly. Throughout the story, Poe uses symbols such as: the characters’ names, the title, and the setting to add excitement as well as depth to the plot. The first major symbol starts with the characters’ names.
In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the author Edgar Allen Poe uses the euphemism “the family lay in direct line of descent” (Poe 1) to show the meaning of incest has on the entire story that which causes guilt, desperation, and homicide. The history of incest in the Usher family and the incest Roderick and Madeline are guilty of causes Roderick to try to dispose of his guilt. He expresses to the narrator that he wishes to destroy this malady he describes as a “constitutional and family evil, and one of which he despaired to find a remedy” (Poe 3). Though the reader could assume that Roderick just talks about the physical illness he possesses that is described. Roderick tries to bury his own personal guilt – his sister, “a tenderly beloved
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne establishes several essential facets of human nature. In the beginning, Hawthorne introduces death and crime as inevitable in the human condition. Yet throughout the novel, Hawthorne also highlights another essential part of human nature as a common theme: concealment. This theme is reflected by characters such as Hester and Chillingworth, but particularly by Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale, the admired minister of the Puritan community, spends years hiding that he committed adultery with Hester, and doesid so to protect the Puritans.
When a person that you confided in betrays you and hurts you in unpredictable ways a switch in you gets triggered making you do the unimaginable. Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” explores the theme of revenge. It tells the story of two men Montresor and Fortunato; Montresor is tired of Fortunato hurting him over and over again which ultimately leads to Montresor enclosing Fortunato in a catacomb were he dies. The story opens up with the line “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe 291) He is done with Fortunato furthermore; he will not take any more insults. There is a lot of textual evidence in the story to support the theme of revenge for instance,
Mr. Gatsby is the main protagonist in this work of fiction. He starts the book by showing himself as a mysterious figure who is kept well deep in himself , with letting little known about his intentions. As the story progresses we learn more about his motives; that go from a intense love for Daisy to a obsession for her that leads to Mr. Gatsby having his life taken from him. Daisy’s cousin Nick,is a very balanced character who is newly introduced to the events that Gatsby is going through to catch Daisy. Mr.Buchanan is Daisy’s current lover who has a violent side and a individual that Mr.Gatsby sees as a threat to not only Daisy, but a threat to the love Gatsby feels for her as well.
The Allegory of The Devil and Tom Walker In the story, “The Devil and Tom Walker”, the author, Washington Irving, uses symbolic devices, and farfetched stories in order to convey to the audience a hidden meaning. Irving claims the story was just a, “legend”, but from further examination in the text the audience can conclude that this story is an allegory. The main character, Tom Walker is portrayed as an epitome for greed, and is shown how this theme can corrupt someone's life. Throughout the story there are many symbolic clues Irving includes to hint to this story being an allegory. A famous critic wrote about this allegory, “Irving certainly never intended “The Devil and Tom Walker” to be taken as a folktale.
Could this have been persuasion from a crazy power hungry wife, or just the acts of an arrogant self obsessed man? KIng Duncan is murdered and the two suspects have been narrowed down to Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself. Clearly, the fault of this heinous crime has been placed on Macbeth. While Macbeth is a hero, he is also the one to point a finger to about this death. Macbeth is hungry for power, and he will literally fight to the death for it; even if he loses his head in the process.
One of the most reoccurring questions in Shakespeare's tragedy of Hamlet has been: Is Hamlet's madness feigned or real? There are many themes that are shown within Hamlet's story such as death, obsession and betrayal, which all contribute to encourage his madness. When he is associated with other characters, it is shown through the way his character is being portrayed. Hamlet went through hard experiences not just with his mental state but with the murder of his father, King Claudius and the constant spying that occurs. Hamlet suffers from paranoia, and the way he responded to some of those situations was extreme.
Dimmesdale is not the only character whose health suffers from keeping a secret, This also happens to Roger Chillingworth. When Chillingworth learns of the happenings of his former wife Hester, he decides to dedicate his time to find the man that ruined his marriage. What is most gripping is while Hester and Chillingworth have a conversation about the future of their marriage, Chillingworth states: “But, as for me, I come to the inquest with other senses than they possess. I shall seek this man, I have sought truth in books; as I have sought gold in alchemy. There is a sympathy that will make me conscious of him.
The main character of The Crucible, John Proctor is someone who possesses all the necessity traits that classify a tragic hero. Not only is his downfall in the book initiated by his human flaw, but he also captures the sympathy from the readers. Even though John Proctor’s intentions are good and truthful through out the book, in the beginning we discover that he has a significant secret. He is guilty of committing the sin of adultery with his young servant, Abigail Williams. His sick wife Elizabeth learned of his infidelity and forgave him, but Abigail was in love with John and tries to kill Elizabeth by engaging in witchcraft with a few other girls in Salem.
Correspondingly, in Dennis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, a father is so determined to find his kidnapped daughter that he goes to extreme measures. Both stories depict the concept that obsession controls and leads to severe deeds in the plots, the conflicts, and the symbols. The plots of both stories can be compared through the obsession that controls the main character’s life. In Poe’s story
When heros that are tied to destiny feature in literature, they often show signs of arrogance. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles shows how Oedipus’s quest for avoiding his destiny drives him to fulfill without being fully aware of it. When running away he finds himself married to his mother and becoming the king of thebes. In contrast, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet the main character is visited by the former king and informs him of the new kings doings. As a result the main character is convinced and must seek vengeance for the former king.
In Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe incorporates different motives that the main character, The Narrator, has to develop the theme. The Narrator 's biggest desire and motive was killing The Old Man. Eventually this experience may cause a turning point in his behavior if the motivation drives him to his worst part The authors main theme guilt is shown through the beating of the heart towards the end of the story when The Narrator says, “I gasped for breath--and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly--more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased.” Although The Narrator felt a sense of fear after he had killed him,
The process of growing in a character can be treacherous process. This process was demonstrated well by Reverend Dimmesdale in the novel, The Scarlett Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s style sets up Dimmesdale demise impeccably, giving the reader a deep and insightful look at Dimmesdale. Hawthorne explains the destruction of Dimmesdale, which is due to committing adultery with Hester, with his continued exacerbating health and the letter A throughout the novel. Hawthorne continuously comments about Reverend Dimmesdale’s ailing health, leading the reader to assume that the sin is eating him up from inside.