Additionally, while Capote never objects explicitly to Smith’s execution, his favorable conception of Smith manifests itself through the author’s commiserative characterization of Smith compared to his acerbic evaluation of Hickock. He says “‘Get the bubbles out of your blood. Nothing can go wrong.’ No Because the plan was Dick’s from the first footfall to final silence, flawlessly devised” (Capote 120). Though Capote rarely, if at all, explicitly disparages Hickock or laudates Perry, his tone and overall construction of the book subtly undermine the reader’s morals, subsequently leading them to sympathize for Perry. Through Capote’s exquisite diction and use of phrases such as “flawlessly devised,” he befittingly portrays Hickock’s lack of remorse .
On the other hand, Capote has Dick say this about himself: “Deal me out, baby, I’m a normal” (Capote 116). By using phrases such as these, Capote creates an unfavorable impression of Dick and and a biased tone. The same cannot be said for Perry as Capote produces an almost benevolent tone toward him with the help of pathos, “the most powerful appeal” (Noel, 2011). There are several ways in which Capote makes his favoritism of Perry evident. One of which being
Although Perry is responsible for the murder of four innocent people, Perry’s actions do not reflect on who he is as a person because he is easily influenced, therefore; showing how easily people can be pressured into doing something they would not typically do. Dick, a violent, cold-hearted, manipulator, has molded Perry into the person he is today. As Perry is a follower, Dick has taken advantage of that by turning Perry into the cold-blooded killer he is today. Capote displays Dick’s manipulation of Perry through symbolism to make evident that while Perry did pull the trigger on four innocent people, although the fault does not entirely lay on him, as he was taken advantage of by Dick. As Capote gives insight to Dick’s viscous personality, he symbolizes Perry to further display how Dick manipulates him.
Although both Perry and Dick had committed terrible crimes, Capote focuses instead on emotionally humanising Perry, and to a lesser extent Dick; therefore Capote claims that immoral acts alone do not make a person inherently evil. Capote reveals how deeply emotional, and how quickly Perry can get emotionally attached to someone with an analogy: “But he was afraid to leave Dick; merely to consider it made him “sort of sick,” as though he were trying to “jump off a train going ninety-nine miles an hour.””(124) The juxtaposition between Perry as a murderer and Perry as child who is controlled by his emotions is a recurring idea in the second part of In Cold Blood, and it exemplifies Capote’s current purpose of humanising Perry. Capote’s main
turned to the house” (102). The heads on the stakes reveal the true barbarism that exists in the absence of civilized society. However, Marlow’s reaction to the heads and how he “was not so shocked as you may think” (102), conveys how he himself has become somewhat savage, as even the brutish display of the heads do not faze him. Therefore, in the pursuit of his id and meeting Kurtz, Marlow will do anything to meet him and uphold Kurtz’s reputation, even ignoring Kurtz’s clearly evil and immoral actions. Similarly, this evil can be observed in how the natives worship Kurtz as a sort of god.
Even though in these two stories tackle different things the main character is obsessed over, the main idea of harming other peoples lives because of their strange obsession remains the same. Clearly, obsession can really make one think so irrationally that they forget the basic principles of humanity and they end up doing ridiculous things without usually realizing until after they have taken the wrong action. The lead character in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, had gone so crazy because of his obsession over his eyes, that he decided to take the old man’s life in a very cruel way. The old man had never harmed, insulted, or wronged him in any way, and rather they both cared about each other but “it wasn’t the man who vexed me [him], but the evil eye” . Gradually, he made up his mind to take the life of the old
William Golding’s novel stays true to Golding’s hypothesis of how humans generally pull toward evil, but Ishmael Beah shows that through the right process of rehabilitation, humans will make the right decision. Golding’s book portrays that all human beings lack the ability to pick the right decision after dehumanization. Beah’s memoir on the other hand, disproves Golding’s hypothesis by showing that eventually humans will make the right choice. When Jack gives no time for Ralph to react to the death of his best friend, it represents how Jack is indifferent through his lack of feelings to those who are hurt. Ishmael Beah was about to kill another human being, but as he walked to the body, he told us that he had no feelings toward the rebel fighter.
Pride is another human trait that prompts evil. People too proud to realize that they are a source of evil. Conrad also exposes Marlow, the story teller, as evil. Marlow never physically or verbally harms any other character. Instead, Marlow’s evil comes in the form of pride and silence.
His insightful suggestion is mocked and he is considered crazy because it is easier for the boys to comprehend a tangible monster lingering over them that could be killed rather than to accept “mankind’s essential illness” (Golding 89) which cannot be changed nor destroyed. Simon is isolated from the others because of his atypical insight and he simply “cannot be understood, for he speaks the language of truth to the blind” (Talon). When Simon is killed, it symbolizes the death of goodness in man, much like Christ: both are the epitome of good being destroyed as the consequence of man’s sins. People believe in Satan because they cannot comprehend the severity of man’s evil nature and would rather blame
It generally states that a hero must masque their true identity and follow a moral code in such that murder, or wielding lethal weapons is immoral. In Identity Crisis, the heroes have a “fall from grace.” Dr. Light rapes Sue, and Ray Palmer’s wife murders Sue Dibny on accident. With that being said, there was also inner conflicts occurring in the Justice League as they attempted to investigate the murder. This then lead to Batman’s memory wiped. As murder, rape, and act out against the hero group is against the morality code in culture, the Justice league almost fought against the hero code when they dealt with new conflict inside the group.