Fortunato had blindly stared Montresor in the eyes, oblivious to the flames dancing inside them. Montresor wore a mask of innocence, but behind the mask was the face of Satan, dressed with hatred, and it held no remorse for those it plotted against. The man was a monster, and wisely sported his innocent smile to hide his devilish smirk. Montresor, a savage, yet clever creature, was hungry for the suffering of his enemy, and Montresor MADE his enemies punish. He made them punish deeply, and he punished them with impunity.
Augustine has many diffenrt definitions of what is evil but “evil must always be understood as a defect, a corruption, or a perversion of what was created good”(Lawhead 132). One of Augustine’s problems of evil is that of moral evil. Moral evil is “human perversity” or “genuine evil”(Lawhead 132) because all other evil is apparently evil but “moral evil is the product of the human will”(Lawhead 132). The Monster has been deprived true goodness and love ever since his creation because his creator hated him from the moment he saw him. The Monster according to Augustine would be part of moral evil.
So if everyone has the potential to do evil, what is it that keeps them in check? It can be argued that empathy keeps evil in check. Empathy is defined as, “The ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation” (dictionary.cambridge.org). The capacity for tremendous evil is inherent in everyone, however empathy keeps them in check, not allowing them to give into their impulses. An evildoer from
Being driven to take on his horrible actions the reader can see that General Zaroff loves the rush of how he does things. The look of General Zaroff may have a tendency to appear to a person as bizarre. General Zaroff’s appearances draw mostly to his bloody looking lips that help hide his piercing teeth in his mouth. Seeing the traits of General Zaroff appear to be quite ironic to the reader being that he is trying to resemble a killing beast. With the story continuing, the reader can assure that the traits of General Zaroff are correct for his purposes of sick pleasure.
Dalrymple’s states that the origins of evil are found in all of us, he describes this type of evil as “the evil that is found in the everyday actions of men.” Dalrymple goes on to explain, “There is obviously something flawed in the heart of man that he should wish to behave in this depraved fashion “According to Dalrymple it is a legacy of original sin, it is inherent. Man’s inherent self-interest will eventually end up hurting others. Therefore, as a whole, we require some form of regulation to make sure we do not destroy one another. The need for government oversight contradicts the other half of Dr Dalrymple’s reasoning that this toxic environment is a side effect of Great Britain turning in to a welfare state. A welfare state insures social, educational, and economical equality among all Regardless of the cost to society.
By slow degrees, these feelings of disgust and annoyance rose into the bitterness of hatred.” (9) This displays the narrator’s inner feelings of hatred towards an innocent and loving animal, which only reinforce the fact that he is deranged. It is revealed to the reader that the narrator has gone from a logical, loving man, to a vile, cruel one with a withered mind and a rotten heart. The narrator’s actions help to establish his personality as well. His maiming and eventual murder of Pluto show his increased detachment and sadism. “I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” (5) The narrator’s actions illustrate his insanity just as well as his inner thoughts.
According to dictionary.com when the word savage is used a noun the definition depicts “a fierce, a brutal, or a cruel person”. The unit Lord of the Flies suggests that humans are naturally evil demonstrated by their cruel actions towards others and destructive behavior. Multiple sources identify that humans are naturally cruel because of their tendency to lash out towards weaker or subordinate beings around them. Another finding about humans is that embedded deep in their identity is their main trait of destructive behavior by trying to show superiority over others or by tearing things down for their own personal gain. The huge controversy is that humans are naturally angelic and kind hearted however this isn’t true seeing as how the about
It’s easy to just look at a person that has committed a heinous act and label them an animal who only thinks about killing other people. However, that is not the case it’s only the surface level. Until you explore the details of the underlying issue(in this case it’s the psychological impairment of the said killer) it’s impossible to make a justified claim. A good strong point that they make is "Movies and TV have put an image into our minds that these are the characteristics of a murderer when in reality they are masters at disguising their emotions and thoughts letting them blend into society.” (Serial Killers: Nature vs. Nurture, How Serial Killers are Born). The second part of this statement is accurate, they are really good at hiding their emotions.
as well Chillingsworth traits that make him a villain include vengeful, chilling, and vindictive. These traits both directly and indirectly affect the protagonists in The Scarlet Letter. Chillingsworth actions contribute to the scarlet letters theme of “suffering in silence” because of his relentless and vengeful attacks that promote despair. Chillingworth directly attacks Dimmesdale psychologically by “[p]rying into his recollections,
Once again he is showing his entertainment found in being a murderer. Ultimately it comes down to this, insane or sane? Insane would be the perfect way of describing a person being mad, killing a man for no reason, and laughing at a horrifying death. After having the narrator showing so many things to prove he is insane rather than sane is pretty clear. The author allows a visual understanding of the narrator in the “Tell Tale Heart” from having many specific details about his point of view.