With the death of his wife, and the fact that he is no longer active in law enforcement, Grant goes off to mete out his own brand of justice to the cases he feels most aggrieved about not having been solved. The problem with being judge, jury and executioner however, is that sometimes you find you might be wrong. The idea of a retired cop playing vigilante and bringing killers who got away with murder to justice really intrigued me. The prologue starts with a bang and sets the tone for the book, so you expect a fast-paced ride. The book lays out a bit of Grant’s background and how his son-in-law came to work with him.
In this Literary Analysis I will discuss the effects that the death of Matthew Maule had on the Pyncheon family, and whether the curse is real. I will also go over the theme and moral of the story and how it ties into Matthew Maule’s curse. One can imagine it, the gloomy, dark day, the wailing of his wife and children, and the judge declaring that he must die; as the executioner pulls the lever and the floor drops, the man falls and the rope catches his neck. Because the rope does not break his neck, he starts to strangle to death. As he gasps for breath, he gets out his last words,“ God will give him blood to drink,” then he slowly dies.
Both of the short stories are about revenge, murder and madness. The narrators of both the Tell-Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado have very different motives for committing the murder each of them commits. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is insane and his motive behind killing the old man is that he cannot stand the sight of the old man’s “vulture eye”. He is tempted to close the eye forever, and so he does this by murdering him. Whereas, in The Cask of Amontillado, the reason behind the murder is revenge, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Additionally, Montressor’s jealousy is another reason because of which he murders Fortunato.
Other argue that the we must keep the death penalty for a deterrent. when we examine these facts a little closer we can see that these facts show a broken system leading to a death verdict determined by a group of people given a short one-sided story. We can begin by looking at the argument of the deterrent factor this is one of the biggest and most popular reason many people claim reason to uphold the death
When talking about the fate of the searched-for murderer, Oedipus says it will not be cruel. However, the reader finds out later that he creates for himself what may be considered a more severe punishment- scarring his eyes. Perhaps the most ironic and two-fold example of irony is that Oedipus criticizes Tiresias for being physically blind. The man may not
Throughout the story, it talks about the shadow the rose casts over the Senator. The shadow is death looming, waiting to pounce. Another symbol is the padlock that Laura Farina is wearing when the Senator was trying to be with her. Laura’s father had sent her to where the Senator was staying to tempt him into providing her father with a false identity card. This situation also symbolizes death creeping towards the protagonist.
Harvey shows the symptoms of past emotional trauma. Everything from his types of victims to his behavior and demeanor match a serial killers during the time period. In fact, he even reveals uncanny similarities to the infamous Ted Bundy. When it seems that the clues are so obvious, it is rather frustrating to watch the other characters in the novel miss that George Harvey is the killer of Susie at first, but as more and more people become suspicious, it becomes satisfyingly obvious that Harvey’s serial killings are coming to an end. However, although George Harvey’s killings may have come to an end in The Lovely Bones, there will always be other people like Harvey remaining in the real world.
Merwin depicts those who died in the Vietnam war in ways that some readers may find hard to read. Descriptions of dead bodies and gruesome imagery are used. Although these depictions may be disturbing, they are accurate and necessary for Merwin to show the inhumanity of war. Instead of directly telling the reader about the deaths that the war caused, he paints a picture in the reader's mind of “rain [falling] into the open eyes of the dead.” (Merwin 10) Merwin knew this detailed description of the once living corpses would haunt the reader’s mind. He was sure to mention the inhumane manner the bodies were left in.
The historical fiction novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, features a falsely accused black man on death row in a small Cajun community during the late 1440s. Grant Wiggins, a college educated teacher of the black community, visits Jefferson in prison, an African American convicted of murder. During his trial, he was given a death sentence while referred as a hog. With the love of his godmother, Miss Emma, who sends Grant to teach him in proving himself a man, Jefferson receives the opportunity of representing his community as he dies. Tante Lou, a close friend of Miss Emma and Grant’s aunt, provides the assurance that Grant would prove Jefferson worthy a human.
In the short story, the “Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the unnamed narrator reveals his motivation through monologue while retelling the events of a murder to his audience. The tale is told in chronological order beginning with his reason for killing “the old man.” He proceeds to explain how rationally he planned and committed the murder. Finally, the narrator discloses why he confesses the successful murder to the police officers. As the story progresses, it is clear through the tone and voice that he is mentally collapsing under the burden of his guilt and psychosis. The story begins with a confession.