Humanity In The Veldt And The Lottery

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Some people see humans as a bright and inspiring species while some see the human race as an inexplicably evil and self absorbed group of primates. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, The Cask Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson highlight these inexplicable acts of murder and inhumanity. For example, in The Veldt, two children allow their parents to be mauled by lions to enable the prolonged use of the nursery. In The Lottery, people are being killed for no reason only to abide by the ways of the society, and in The Cask Amontillado, a man is left to suffer and die in a catacomb as an act of revenge for a minor slight. Although murder is the worst crime a human can commit, the stories reveal the true dark side of humanity when characters are able to justify murder…show more content…
Peter and his sister believed that, “the room is there mother and father, far more important in their lives than their real parents”(Bradbury 8). In other words, the room had usurped their mother and father rendering their real parents non essential. Thus, making it seem alright to kill of their parents in order to protect the nursery. Secondly, in The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe a character murders a friend who infringed upon his family's honor. Montressor became enraged by the fact that his family’s named had been scoffed on and began to devise a plan to avenge his maiden name. Montresor states, “I continued , as was my in to smile in his face and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation” (Poe 1). Montresor devises an intricate and well thought out plan to murder someone he considers a friend, he highlights the evil of humanity when the thought of killing Fortunato brings a smile to his face. Montresor demonstrates the hatred and malicious intent in all of everyone when he realizes that he doesn't just want him dead he wants him to suffer. Some murders in the stories happen to continue social traditions that have been
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