During the climax, the narrator is at the greatest intensity of guilt and craze. Therefor, he ultimately confesses his harsh, cruel crime. The narrator intentionally prevents informing the petrified readers where the tale takes place in order to set off a puzzling, mystifying tone. In spite of that, the narrator evokes that the old man’s accommodation seems to take place in a dilapidated
The narrator’s psychological instability is visible through the tone, the syntax and the constant alleviation between sanity and insanity. The beginning of the “Tell-Tale Heart” immediately sets the ambiguous mood of the story. The first line captivates almost instantaneously the reader’s attention due to the irregular pattern of the sentence. “TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (Oates & Ed, 1992).
In Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, Poe writes about how his characters are driven to commit murder and how their guilt eats them alive. The dark plots used is his writings exemplify the threshold of the unknown through the way that individuals are viewed as evil. All of his writings have some sort of violence that is driven by supernatural occurrences. The man in The Tell-Tale Heart has an eye that is scary and seen as potential evil that drives the narrator crazy and eventually causes murder. Poe uses romantic characteristics in his texts by having dark plots that include murder, funerals, and mental and physical torture that regards humanity by showing how people react to even the smallest situations.
However, there are those who feel that just as the principle states, one is, and should be taken as a victim and the outcome could be either way: guilty or not guilty. In fact, this argument is supported by the many cases of malicious prosecutions and mistaken identities. The differences The due process model is pegged on the belief that it would be better if a criminal found innocent goes free rather than have one innocent person in jail. On the other hand, the crime control model argues that it is better to have a innocent person detained, questioned, tried and found innocent then let free than have a society full of criminals roaming
According to the book “The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers” by Harold Schechter, outstanding strong sex desires and sometimes including having sex intercourse with the dead has been found in murderers which has driven them in committing their serial killing. They might also start just from as a peeping tom which develops stronger lust into rape and eventually to murder. In one of serial killing cases, the brutal biting of the victim’s breast satisfied the killer thus swelling lust for control, domination and possession as well as his almost wild needs to inflict a physically damaging wound with instruments as intimate as his lips, tongue and teeth (Douglas, 1989; Keppel & Birnes, 1997). At times the presence of craving for power might also be one of the factor but it is just that sex is what’s dominant. The captivity activities has shown a real sense of control and a blast of superiority over the victims, as if the act of captivity itself was the objective correlative to the allegory of humiliating death that aroused the killer’s deepest sexual passions (Keppel & Birnes, 1997).
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel, Crime and Punishment, displays an immense depth of literary devices and elements that function to contribute greatly to the development of the plot of the story. Crime and Punishment is a tale of a prideful, yet disgruntled “scholar” who through his own perceived superiority commits the capital crime of murder in order for a believed greater good. Through the examination of one of the essential passages of the story, we are witness to Dostoyevsky’s incorporation of literary elements like hyperbole, foreshadowing, and the central theme of crime and punishment, and these devices subsequent roles in advancing and emphasizing the themes and plot of the story. The scene depicted by Dostoyevsky involves
It could be that the violence of Jack is a part of Jack yet now it is amplified. It is not completely him yet it is a part of his character that took over Jack's whole personality. Furthermore, John Hutz says that “King's novel...investigates the complex ways in which the past acts upon – indeed, lives on in – the present.”14 Jack's history with his abusive father and his own problems causes him to become a danger. Hutz also states that the transformation of Jack shows how a “child victim” transforms “into the adult abuser.”15This makes him a source of horror as it is a realistic, seemingly uncontrollable
In Poe’s stories it is easy to see that the psychology of the human mind as a theme is dealt with in many of his short stories. Poe explores the complexity of love/hate as a theme as well as murder in many of the stories I have read. In his stories there is the reoccurring role of a man driven mad by someone he loves, which eventually leads the protagonist to come to hate the person they once loved and commit the ultimate sin; murder. According to Joseph J. Moldenhauer, ‘The protagonist, who is also typically the narrator of the piece, is driven by inner compulsions or beset by horrific external forces, or both; he seems to assert no control over his acts, and moves inexorably toward destruction’ (830). This can be seen in stories such as
Motivations for multiple murder, according to Fox and Levin, are power, revenge, loyalty, profit, and terror. Several cases of serial murder seem to derive from need to have control over a victim and gain a certain control over them. Power motivated killings tend to entice serial killers because of the thrill the kill gives them. This type of motivation compares to the control and mission-oriented origins stated by Dr. Dalal. Although most cases of power motivated murders are based solely around sexual acts, a significant number of homicides are based around “playing God” (Fox and Levin 21).
In Poe’s “The Pit and The Pendulum” he portrays many events of pain and fear making it clear to the reader that a pendulum is torturing the narrator, as the narrator mentioned, “Twice again it swung, and a sharp sense of pain shot through every nerve”. In “The Raven” the narrator is being tortured by his lost love and feels like he is being stalked by her, as the narrator mentions “And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor”. In addition, both narratives are written in a dark, cold and dreary environment making the narratives more fear full and intriguing to read. In “The Pit and The Pendulum” the narrator is trapped in a chamber with iron walls. The narrator describes it as “the hissing vigor of its descent, sufficient to sunder these very walls of iron, still the fraying of my robe would be all that, for several minutes, it would accomplish.” The narrator is in chamber trying to get out it and the walls keep changing dimensions