In the short story The Cask of Amontillado, the narrator seeks revenge against a man named Fortunato, who has insulted him. The narrator lures this man into the catacombs and buries him alive. The verbal irony in this story creates a sly, cunning, and clever outlook on Montresor, the main character. “We will go back, your health is precious (pg 114);” however, this is untrue. Montresor has nothing but evil intentions, not to care about health.
Jonathan Swift was an Irish author that lived from 1667-1745. Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 30, 1667. However, just a few months before his birth, his father died, leaving Swift to grow up fatherless. He was said to have been a very sickly child, and was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. This worried Swift’s mother, so in order to allow her only son to receive the best upbringing possible, she handed him over to Godwin Swift, the brother of her late husband.
On October 3, 1849, he was found in a state of semi-consciousness and died four days later. As a reflection of his childhood, Poe’s writing has a gloomy and grave mood. Some of Poe’s well known works are, The Fall of The House of Usher, The Raven, Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado and Annabel Lee. Poe introduced a new style to America’s literature which is now known as gothic fiction. Poe uses layered irony to challenge his readers to deconstruct his writing.
In the story The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is writing the story because he is trying to convince the reader that he is not mad. At the beginning it seems believable until he starts to describe his obsession with the old man’s vulture eye. At this point the reader realize that this person is gradually growing insane. His effort to stop a human life just because of physical imperfection was thought of insanity. Who with right mind would even been thinking about such thing and even the narrator himself said, “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my head…”.
Edgar Allan Poe and Roald Dahl have some similarities and differences, in consideration of their childhood experiences, background, plus writing. To begin with, Poe and Dahl experienced death at a young age with some of their family members. Additionally, Poe’s mom died of tuberculosis at 24 years old and his dad died of alcoholism. Also, he abandoned the family when Poe was only the age of 2. Likewise Poe’s foster mom who died of tuberculosis too.
He was capable of writing angelic or weird poetry, with a supreme sense of rhythm and word appeal. Many believe these stories written by Poe come from the women in his life who have passed. Edgar Allan Poe faced many deaths of women he loved. Britannica states that at a young age his birth mother, Elizabeth, died in Richmond Virginia. Following the death of his mother, Poe was taken into the home of John Allan and his wife Frances, who later died of tuberculosis.
Throughout history, we have came across many authors with different writing styles, word choice,or unique ways of interpretations. Edgar Allen Poe is one author who stands out to me the most. He has a unique and dark way of writing his stories and it appeals to the readers emotion and drama. He has a recurring theme of death and lost love, and in “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe writes about murder, insanity, obsession and guilt. His use of symbolism and point of view is another reason what makes Poe one of the greatest.
This one-sided story by the narrator, Montresor, leads to a suspenseful conclusion not only that Fortunato’s insults perhaps are minor, but also that Fortunato may not recognize the issues at all. This lack of evidence and unrealistic friendship lead readers to believe that Fortunato does not deserve to be buried alive. Montresor could be just a sadistic character who wants to murder his enemy for
Hamlet was plotting his uncle’s murder, something the majority of people would view as completely insane, but it is how he plotted this murder that makes it clear that he is not mad. He deceives his friends and family into thinking he has gone completely mad, but it is his actions that prove to the reader that he may not be as mad as the king and queen believe. His unwillingness to kill Claudius because “he is a-praying.. And so he goes to heaven; And so I am revenged: And so he is scanned:” (III/iii/76-79) proves that he still has some reason and has put some thought into this murder. Also, it is how Hamlet acts towards his love, Ophelia, that proves that he may not truly be mad, especially in Act 5 during her funeral when he returns and states “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their love make up my sum.”(V/i/262-264) Hamlet attempts to deceive the entire kingdom into labelling him as mad so that they would think nothing of him.
In the stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat, both narrators realize their acts were wrong, but they did them anyway by rationalizing that they were driven by circumstance.The Tell-Tale Heart is about a mad man who truly believes he is not crazy by telling us the whole story. He deeply loves his roomate but his blind eye became a nusiance to him and he couldn’t stand it no more and he had to do something about it. He ended up killing him so perfectly no one whould know, but the guilt ate him up and he amited he had done the deed to the police. Similarly, The Black Cat is about another insane man who drowns his sorrows with achocl and is so confident with himeself.He finds himself on deathroe because of his bizzare action, such as killing
Mary Shelley was born on, August 30th 1797, to William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft (Frankenstein, front page). She was married to Percy Shelley. Two years after she married Percy, she published her very famous novel, Frankenstein. Mary Shelley, lived a life full of disappointments which impacted her ability to write deep character developments, due to her numerous miscarriages, death of child, no biological mother, and her failed marriage. Mary never got to get to know her biological mother, as she died shortly after Mary was born which left her father to care for Mary and her older sister, Fanny.
The cousin asks Iago about Othello striking Desdemona, and like the little weasel he is, he didn’t tell him this was the first time. Instead he told him to follow Othello and watch him because he knows Othello will kill Desdemona that night. Othello is filled with so much jealousy that he can’t see reason. Iago has brainwashed him so much he is to the point of no return. Emilia has tried to tell Othello that Desdemona has been a faithful good wife to him and the moment she leaves, he starts talking trash because he can’t believe it.
Initially, he approaches Teiresias, the blind prophet, who has the quality of perceiving the truth. Sophocles cleverly uses irony to emphasize the idea that everything is not always what it seems. Although Teiresias is literally blind, he sees the surroundings far better than Oedipus; Sophocles created this character to foreshadow who the real murderer is. Teiresias hesitates to reveal the murderer, and assures “that way is best(37)” for both of them. His reluctance creates a sense of commotion, allows the readers to understand that Oedipus is the killer; this is also illustrated after he expresses that “[his] grief is [Oedipus’](38).” The grief he contains prepares the audience for the catastrophic tragedy.