In Shakespeare’s original text, blood imagery is used throughout many scenes to set the mood of guilt and give a sense of fear to the setting. This allows the audience to acknowledge and see into the character’s viewpoint as well as personality. An example of blood imagery is apparent during Macbeth’s soliloquy about his plan to murder King Duncan. He sees a dagger floating in the air and wonders if his mind deceiving him as the dagger becomes covered in blood. His obsession with thoughts of murder causes his hallucination, to which Macbeth says "I see thee still, and on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before" (2.1.46).
The man ends up killing his wife instead of the cat and promptly buries her in the basement wall. The cat, who jumped into the wall, starts to howl when the police arrive and gives the man away. The theme in both stories is that of good versus evil. Evil lurks in the hearts of all, and sometimes people act upon it. The author develops this theme by using first person narration and symbolism.
In “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, the nameless narrator took a dark turn when alcohol was introduced. His alcohol abuse caused him to go from his pet-loving, gentle self to an abusive murderer. After murdering his cat and wife, he wanted to make sure that his effort did not go unnoticed. In “The Cask of Amontillado” the main character, Montresor, used alcohol to lure his friend into his family's catacombs.
(Cara) Yes, it could be said that it is only the narrator's imagination. This is a good point, yet it fails to account for the narrator killing a man because of what he thinks. The claim that insanity eats you alive is supported in the text, “He had the eye of a vulture--a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold, and so by degrees--very gradually--I made my mind to take the life of the old man” (Poe 2). “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” by Edgar Allan Poe share similar themes and craft, yet are highly different.
In this story, it is implied that the black cat he had killed was getting his revenge upon him from, despite being dead. For instance, the day that he killed the black cat his house burnt down. This seems to not be any coincidence, as the image of the dead cat with a noose around his neck is marked onto one of the walls. The Cat also takes revenge in the form of the man’s second cat. The second cat slowly makes the man grow more and more insane.
The reader is able to understand Atwood more quickly than Camus since Atwood makes it evident very quickly while Camus is more subtle with the meanings. Another symbol in The Handmaid's Tale is the color red which is “the color of blood” which leads the reader to believe it is a symbol of fertility or birth as well (Atwood 8). The color red is what describes Offered and the other handmaids. Another symbol from The Plague is the the old man who “would spit vigorously at the cats… [and]
"The Cask of Amontillado", by Edgar Allen Poe shows much about the themes of revenge and karma from the setting of the story. In this story, one of the main characters named Montresor wants to seek revenge on Fortunato, because he has wronged him. So to seek revenge they both were at a carnival and Montresor lured him down into his catacombs where he buries him and leaves him to die. This shows that Montresor got his revenge and Fortunato got bad karma for wronging him.
Supernatural characters were used in the works “The Black Cat, “Prey”, “The Devil and Tom Walker”, and “The Feather Pillow”. In “The Black Cat” the main character saw the ghost of his once beloved cat, whom he murdered. “I approached and saw as if graven in bas relief upon the white surface, the figure of a gigantic cat. ”(Poe 2). In “Prey” the girl is chased by an alive and vicious doll, who tries to kill her.
His problems may have caused him to become a killer and lose feeling for what is right and what is wrong. Also, when the killer was waiting to make his move, he heard the heart beat of the old man, and that sound repeated itself in his brain and jacked him up to kill. The narrator tried to convince the reader that he was not a mad man over and over again. After the murder he tries again to sell us his sanity: “And now have I [narrator] not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses” (Poe 305). He truly believes, with all his heart, that chopping up another human being heightened his senses and made him a better person.
Andre Dubus, short stories contain a common theme of revenge, morality, and justice. In “Killings” published in 1979, Andre displays the theme of revenge and justice through the development of characters, the title of the story, and the thrill of the suspense. Dubus neglects to take sides with the characters in the “Killings”, which leaves it upon the readers to make assumption whether the killings were justifiable. Dubus has a very unique style of writing, the main characters in “Killings” were given a choice that could’ve led them to a completely different outcome. Dubus keeps the readers on their toes because the opposite usually ends up happening.
He cannot actually kill sleep. In this personification, sleep is given a human-like quality. Because of his guiltiness, Macbeth is paranoid and the lunacy is invading his mind in every aspect. When Macbeth orders Macduff’s family to be killed, he declares, “From this moment / The very firstlings of my heart shall be / The firstlings of my hand” (4.1.166-168).