"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning… For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:12-14). Lucifer, once considered to be one of the greatest creations of God, fell to the earth destined to become an enemy of every other creation of God because of his blasphemous ambition to be greater than Him. This is a story repeated in the gothic romantic novel by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.
Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, also known as Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer, rapist and burglar whose killing spree took place between June 1984 until August 1985. He was dubbed “The Night Stalker” by the media as he gravitated towards shadows purposefully, exploited the night and wrapped it around himself clad in all black attire. He was also a self-declared Satanist, leaving signs and markings at scenes of crimes and on bodies of victims. Following his capture, he was initially charged with 14 murders, and 30 other felony counts related to his rape, robbery and killing spree. Prior to his court pleading Ramirez had confessed while in custody and in San Quentin State Prison, but retracted his confession claiming a case of mistaken identity and stood trial pleading innocence.
As Louis L. Martz dictates in his piece titled, “Paradise Lost: The Realms of Light,” Satan’s descent into Hell, following banishment from Heaven, catalyzes the entrance of light and dark imagery into the novel. Satan, now barred from the, “happy Realms of Light,” recognizes his separation from his former alliance with the divine essence (qtd in Martz 72.) In his brief period of grief, Satan finds himself struggling towards the light that radiates from Heaven, signaling the presence of innate light still within the fallen being. However, this light soon becomes squandered when Satan finds it, “better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven,” (1.263) In his decision, the prevalence of darkness within Hell increases and eventually seeps into the secular realms created by God.
At the end of the excerpt, Wolsey says that “And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer” (line 22). By comparing his fall from advisor to Lucifer’s fall from Heaven, the reader gets a sense of the intensity of the dismissal. The allusion allows the reader to understand the depth of the situation and how it characterizes Wolsey. The comparison to Lucifer leads the reader to believing the fault lies on Wolsey alone, just as it did with Lucifer. It gives the reader a frame of context for the dismissal.
Shakespeare brings into this soliloquy a brief allusion from the bible to show the deepened emotion of Wolsey. Initially, Wolsey states “and when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,” comparing his fall to Lucifer’s. Their fall is devastating that they both will “never… hope again.” Before Lucifer's downfall, he was a magnificent being whom helped out God.
Dante depicts Lucifer, who was once the most beautiful Angel, as a he does to show his punishment. He is given three faces and bat-like wings as punishment for rebelling against God. His three faces were of different colours and his once golden wings, now “no feathers had they, but as of a bat their fashion was” (Alighieri 49-50). All the beauty, that he was known for, was gone.
He went after prostitutes who worked in the East End in London. He is believed to have killed five women, but it may have been up to eight. He would strangle his victims until they lost consciousness, and then lower them to the ground and slit their throats. Afterwards, he would take organs from his victims as a trophy.
And we were forced to look at him close range.” (pg.65). This hanging is the pinnacle of inhumanity within ‘Night’. A young boy, who is stripped of all innocence, dies painfully and slowly on the gallows for something he might not have even done. A man, even asks, “‘For God’s sake, where is God?’”
“the most merciful threw stones at him... they burned his side with an iron for branding steers” (Marquez 977). All these punishments were warranted by the assumptions at the beginning of the story. Instead of examining further into why or how the winged man had arrived at the scene, the townspeople invented the answers. His misfortune reached its peak at this time for these punishments may have increased the angel’s recovery time.
Even at the time the people bothered the angel so much the reader can see that the angel still had so much power over them. It all started when “the cripples pulled out feather sto touch their defective parts parts with, then even the most merciful threw stone sat him, trying to get him to rise so they could see him standing” (Marquez 2). The angel’s final point was when “they burned his side with an iron for branding steers” (2). He “brought on a whirlwind of chicken dung and lunar dust and a gale of panic that did not seem to be of this world… from then on they were careful not to annoy him” (2). All the flapping of his wings and throwing earthly objects seemed to have made him even more powerful than before.
One ruthless serial killer known as Richard Ramirez, or the “Night Stalker”. Ramirez grew to become Los Angeles’ worst nightmare. In the year 1960 on February 29, Richard was just a normal little boy who grew up in with a messed up family in El Paso, Texas. Richard was the son of Julio and Mercedes Ramirez.
Anecdote Suddenly one Friday night, Javier started seeing a bunch of gangsters arriving to the party in which they were at too. They were entering one after another, and began fighting randomly as they walked in. One of the gangsters that had arrived was holding up a gun to Javier and Javier’s cousin panicked that he would be killed. So, Javier’s older cousin runs to the back of his car and takes out a gun and passes it to his friend, he grabbed it and killed the ruthless guy that was going to kill Javier.