The narrator in “The Cask of Amontillado” intentions are clear, he is angry and vows to seek revenge against the person who has done him wrong. In this short story, Poe writes, “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong” (168). The narrator, Montresor, evokes emotions of anger and is upset that Fortunato has embarrassed him.
1. The entire story is based on the fact that Fortunato has wronged Montresor many times, and Montresor dealt with them until Fortunato “ventured upon insult,” which caused Montresor to “vow revenge.” Though it seems the “insult” must be so terrible that Montresor is willing to murder him for it, the reader can not be entirely sure that the killing is justified since Montresor is not of sound mind. Because Montresor is the narrator, and unreliable at that, the reader is forced to learn about the events through a perspective tainted by emotions and bias. For example, the person telling the tale may embellish or downplay events in the story in order to look like the “good guy” without completely lying. Montresor could be making up the entire story, or he could be embellishing or downplaying the story so that he could defend his actions.
Montresor’s anger and want for revenge lead him to a mistake of killing Fortunato. As you can see, the character clearly expresses that anger can lead to bad
In Poe’s story “The Cask of Amontillado” revenge take over Montresor’s life. Montresor is nice on the outside, but is planning revenge on the inside. “My heart grew sick, it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so.” This is after he kills Fortunato he is on his way out. He is really getting depressed from killing him for an insult. “But when he ventured insult, I vowed revenge.” This is the beginning of the story when he is telling us what he is going to do.
Montresor, the narrator, goes mad on his own will. Montresor has a violent mind set, because “The horror, of the dark, of the unrestrained violence of a mind set loose from social boundaries, spring upon him, and he recoils. However, by touching the “solid fabric of the catacombs” he is reassured; the material world has triumphed over the dark of the mind” (Bloom par. 8). Montresor sets aside from the path of normal to a new path of insanity.
Oedipus’s arrogance blinds him from seeing clues that lead him to the truth. His pomposity caused him to receive the punishment he was determined to enforce on the murderer of King Laius. The constant reference to blindness and darkness indicates Oedipus’s fate. In addition, it emphasizes the dramatic irony throughout the story. Oedipus discovered that fate is what brought him his luxury and his downfall.
A villain is someone who causes evil to others and is denounced by many people for their actions. The Punisher’s methods of Justice are constantly criticized because he is not the typical superhero: he does not aid the police by capturing the villain, but instead kills them. By killing criminals, one could say that he is a villain because he kills making him the monster that he does not want to be. So why even bother “helping” if he adds to the problem? One may also argue that in making the decision that the antagonists are villains, and they deserve to die, he has made the ultimate decision of life or death.
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.
Lennie’s moment of panic demonstrates that though what he did was unintentional, he is still dangerous. The sight of a human killing another displays humanity is unforgiving, and murderous. The murder of Curley’s wife demonstrates a dark, heavy feeling to the book, an unexpected one. Steinbeck creates an ominous tone through the use of Lennie’s killing. After Curley’s wife is dead, Lennie runs to the brushes.
Indirect characterization is used through Oedipus’ dialogue to the Choragos, as he describes how utterly powerful he is and warns “those who fail me, may the gods deny them the fruit of the earth...and may they rot”(62). He is completely submerged in his pride and wealth that anyone who may accuse him as a murderer may have an unpleasant surprise by his order. This characterization not only brings suspicion of himself among the people of Thebes, but plays a role in his eventual downfall. Also, the reader, who understands the actions Oedipus has committed on the night of Laius’ murder, can say that he commits these sins in complete ignorance. However, he deserves punishment because he became so proud that he does not shy from attempting to rebel against his fate.