In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor, the narrator, seeks revenge and justice for being insulted by his friend, Fortunato. Montresor lures Fortunato into the catacombs where a cask of amontillado is kept and buries him alive and then keeps it secret for the half of a century. However, Montresor does not explain how Fortunato insults him and the story seems to be a lack of evidence to support his motivation to kill Fortunato. In additional, the nature of their friendship is never fully explained which makes the readers wonder if they were ever truly friends or not. While Montresor pretends to be a good friend to Fortunato, it is strange that Fortunato does not realize the problems between them.
I will also discuss how they all express Plato’s conception of what is involved in living philosophically, and how they all relate to the cave allegory. In Plato’s dialogue, the cave allegory, I am given a story about a prisoner and allowed to depict an image of what the cave looks like. Inside the cave are prisoners, a fire, a rocky path, and people who carried various artifacts that project shadows on the wall in front of the prisoners. The fire represents the sun, the rocky path symbolizes the journey of the soul, the prisoners represent us, the shadows were what they believed to be the truth, the people carrying the artifacts symbolize influences in life for example parents or teachers. The cave as a whole represents the visible realm.
The minister lock himself in a closet because he want to kept vigils as a payment of his repentance and sometimes, “viewing his own face in a looking glass by the most powerful light which he could throw upon it” (pg.96). The minister looks at himself through a looking glass, which acts like a mirror, and realize that he is a man of sin. The light produces by the mirror reflects Mr.Dimmesdale true self. He could hide his wrongdoing from the society, but he cannot really conceal it when he sees himself in a looking glass. The longer he conceals his sin, the more the symptom of guilt destroying his external
When Plato crafted the allegory of the cave he was doing so with the intention of describing the ignorance of man and the importance of education. At the surface that may be all that can be learned from this tale, one must wonder, just who is the prisoner portrayed in this tale. Through examining the ideas presented it can be concluded that the man in the cave is a representation for ignorance, but is that it? Is that all the prisoner stands for or is there more to the tale. Let’s examine the prisoner in his natural state, shackled up and staring at the shadows presented to him.
It uses explicit language and discusses some controversial topics such as homosexuality and AIDS. Like Larson’s play, Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ has similar themes. However, instead of using the lens of homelessness, Plato demonstrates his literary genius by building a story in which Socrates starts setting a scenario for Glaucon—Plato’s brother. In this story there are prisoners who have been locked in a cave since birth. The prisoners cannot
Winston not only distrusts the tyrannical ways of Big Brother, he rebels and engages in illegal acts to gain his freedom. Winston buys a diary in which to write his thoughts. Orwell narrates, “His pen has slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals – DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER...” (Orwell 20). In his journal, Winston condemns the government because he loathes the way the people of Oceania are treated. It is a crime for citizens of Oceania to express any emotions that belittle Big Brother.
The book suggests that the readers do not like her due to her instructiveness with the others, creating her as a tart. The readers would find it quite easy as her humanity is removed as well as showing her to be too forward with the men. This conveys how the men are intrigued with aesthetics, showing how they only care about the outside and do not want to get to know her true feelings. This is shown in the quote “Ranch with a bunch of guys on it, ain’t no place for a girl, specially like her.” This conveys to the reader her presence is not needed on the ranch as it is only a place for men and also showing that she would not be happy on the
By not giving much of the descriptions, Stoppard purposely made them to be generic and common, meaning that their personalities are stereotypical. They do not have any detailed traits. For example, Rosencrantz seems to be easygoing because he is casually flipping the coin while Guildenstern is tensed because he is concerned about their situation. They have the exact opposite personalities. I believe that the purpose of this is so that the readers can easily relate to the characters depending on which generic personalities they have.
Well, he is not by nature a bloodthirsty murderer; he actually has a soft heart and is tormented by the sight of human suffering, which he is unable and unwilling to get used to. "Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!" he mutters, but then directly embraces the opposing position: "And what if I 'm wrong … what if man is not really a scoundrel … then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it 's all as it should be." Stating that man cannot be a "scoundrel" because that is a moral category, and morality is simply "artificial terrors" imposed by religion and sheer "prejudice." There is only nature, and nature has causes, not moral purposes.