Deep within every person there is a sense of fear that terrifies them for life. In Edgar Allen Poe’s story “The Fall of the house of Usher”, the narrator enters the home of a lifelong friend, Usher, who has fallen to the fear he has held within him. Usher’s twin sister, Madeline, has Usher on edge thinking that she is dead. When they bury her, she comes back to life and takes him away to die with him. They are the last two of the family of Ushers.
In the beginning of the story, Hurst writes , “Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy ever had.” “He was born when I was six and was, from the outset, disappointment. He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s. Everybody thought he was going to die-everybody except Aunt Nicey, who had delivered him. She said he would live because he was born in a caul, and cauls were made in Jesus’ nightgown. Daddy and Mr. Heath, the carpenter, build a little mahogany coffin for him.
“(Edgar Allan Poe) was born without human emotions, or with them so submerged in his intellect that he could almost be said to have been a man without a heart.” (Yewdale 695) Poe 's intense interest with the phenomenon of death and the afterlife started when he was merely two years old, when his mother and father both died of tuberculosis. In his youth, “Poe was so morbid that he used to go at night to the graveyard and sit near the grave of one of his beloved friends.” (Yewdale 690) Throughout his work, Poe argues the irrationality of fearing death through his exploitation of human fear, his dissection of the powers of the human mind, and the irrationality of irrationality itself. Poe utilizes fear to diminish even the most powerful of
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a gothic horror novel about how, after weeks of being at sea, explorer Robert Walton comes across a very ill man named Victor Frankenstein. In a series of letters to his sister in England, he retells Victor’s story of the creation he made and how it forever changed his life. In the novel Frankenstein, readers know the real monster is Victor Frankenstein because he was selfish and only focused on himself, abandoned his creation, and let other people die as a result of his actions. In the beginning, Victor Frankenstein starts to show how selfish he truly is by ignoring his family’s requests to write letters to them while he is away. Instead, Frankenstein spends all of his time focusing on himself and bringing
Daniel James Brown, the author of The Boys in the Boat, uses Joe Rantz’ story to symbolize the way America was able to find hope in a time of hopelessness and despair in the world-the Great Depression, and Nazi Germany. Joe Rantz was kicked out of his home at a very young age, even though he hadn’t done anything wrong. Joe’s mom, “Thula exploded in the face of what she saw a lax discipline...she would not live under the same roof as Joe...went back upstairs and told [Harry’s] only son he would have to move out of the house. Joe was ten” (Brown 36). Joe’s life had changed right before his eyes, just like a lot of Americans lives and the Jews in Germany during the early 1930s.
At the age of only five years old, his parents “split up,” (Goobler 2) causing Tobias and his brother Geoffrey to be separated between the parents: Tobias with their mother (later along with his miserable stepfather) and Geoffrey with their father. This event was quite drastic for Tobias, and in hopes to escape his hard life, he “fabricated” (Woodruff 1) an application to a boarding school away from his family. This fake application was the first of many major lies Wolff committed in his life. His tendency to stretch the truth is noticeable in his works of literature, including “Hunters in the Snow.” For example, in the story mentioned there is a character named Tub who has an eating problem. He eats a large amount of food all during one period of time, but he lies about eating the food and even tries to convince his friends and family that he is on a “diet.” (168) This is only one example of the lies told in the story, but because Wolff wrote the character lying about something so small, it is evidence Wolff has the tendency to lie in his own
This so called “luck” is what essentially drives Paul to his grave. As the story progresses, Paul’s health decreases to a point where his soul is already gone though he is still breathing. It is when Paul dies where the reader realizes that this God was a fake when Uncle Oscar says, “My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he’s best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking
He could’ve relied on his best friend Horatio, but instead he kept all his struggles bottled up inside. Hamlet also could’ve resolved the Ophelia situation if he would just talk to her. Instead, Hamlet messed with her and made this worse for both of them. Hamlet was clearly depressed about the death of his father, and his mother marrying his uncle just a few months later. Those factors added along with heartbreak, made Hamlet contemplate
Just from the word bastard, the audience is able to understand the very judgmental life Hamilton faced since birth. His father’s rejection and abandonment left him with his dying mother, Rachel, which resulted in Hamilton becoming an orphan at the age of thirteen. Chernow also discusses how “Rachel, James Hamilton, and their children moved from Nevis to St. Croix, where Rachel had once been imprisoned for several months on charges of adultery, and how James Hamilton abandons Rachel and his natural children shortly after arrival, leaving young Alexander without a father figure” (Miltimore). After being left on his own, Hamilton faced many tragedies, but he was able to overcome them and accomplish many things. Since Hamilton 's mother had been charged with adultery, she was viewed as a whore.
I did not cry even when I stood watching him being lowered into his family’s strait-laced burial ground outside of Boston. I could not escape a feeling that this was my own funeral, and you do not cry in that case” (Knowles 105). Because of Gene’s treachery, he suffers through the realization that his own selfish desires had crushed his best friend’s dreams and ultimately killed Gene emotionally and Phineas physically. Throughout this novel, we watch as Gene suffers the fallout of betraying his best friend. We follow Gene as he utterly destroys his own emotional life, annihilates everyone’s trust in him, and is forced to watch his best friend suffer and die because of his own perfidious actions.
Specifically: Nick, Daisy, Myrtle, and Jordan. As confirmed while reading the book, Daisy and Myrtle are shown to be dependent on the men around them. Myrtle was dependent on Tom for his money because she and her husband George were poor and lived in the Valley of Ashes. Myrtle following Tom while married to George for around fifteen years ended up sealing her fate in chapter 7 when Daisy unknowingly killed her in a car accident. Both Daisy and Nick are wallflowers and were pawns in the story.