Antisthenes once said: “As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.” This quote directly relates to how in the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, in which the main character, Gene, experiences jealousy and paranoia. These emotions cause him to create an enemy out of his friend, Finny. The effect of his emotions is that Finny is hurt and crippled for life. The jealousy consumes him just as rust consumes iron.
Both of the short stories are about revenge, murder and madness. The narrators of both the Tell-Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado have very different motives for committing the murder each of them commits. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is insane and his motive behind killing the old man is that he cannot stand the sight of the old man’s “vulture eye”. He is tempted to close the eye forever, and so he does this by murdering him.
Montresor completes killing Fortunato with his intelligence, loyalty, and relentlessness of what Fortunato did to him. “The Cask of Amontillado” is about Montresor killing Fortunato, because he insulted him. Also how he did it. Fortunato has no clue that Montresor is going to put him in the wall alive. What pushed Montresor so hard to kill
He swears to take revenge on his creator, Victor, so he killed Victor’s friends and family one by one. In the end, the monster also killed Victor’s wife Elizabeth. It wanted Victor to know how it felt during its life, lonely and misunderstood. In the middle of the novel, Victor makes a statement to Walton about his destiny, trying to use his own experience to exhort, change, and prevent Walton’s desire and passion for adventure.
Oedipus says he will attempt to try and solve the murder mystery of Laius because he wants to avenge Apollo and Laius at the same time, wants to break the plague and disease that has fallen upon Thebes by himself, and wants to figure out who was the murderer because he could attack Oedipus any moment. First Episode: Two examples of dramatic irony in Oedipus’ speech- “Such ties swear me to his side as if he were my father.” “If anyone is out to shield a guilty friend- guilty self?- he’d better listen to the penalties I plan.”
After speaking with the ghost, Hamlet swears to go after Claudius. Hamlet is convinced by the ghost to kill King Claudius. If Hamlet wasn’t so upset or angry about his dad dying, he wouldn’t feel the need to end Claudius. He wouldn’t feel the need to seek revenge in the first place. Trying to kill Claudius
Oedipus who tries to make Creon looks like an evil person explains to Jocasta, his wife that he caught Creon in the act of wanting to stab him, which was not the case. “Precisely, I caught him in the act, Jocasta, plotting, about to stab me in the back” (Qtd in Barnet, Burto, & Cain, p. 1117). Oedipus who was challenging and discourteous most of the time violent temper plays a significant role in his downfall makes him a tragic flaw. Another tragedy of Oedipus as a tragic hero was that he was a proud man, who thinks he knew it all and would not listen to anyone. One of his greatest acts of hubris was that he denies his fate of the oracle and defy the prophecies of the gods that later came to reality, and despite his growing up in Corinth he was a son of the land of Thebes.
Hamlet quotes he is “revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck” (III.i.126-127) when talking to Ophelia. He acknowledges his own ambition for revenge and is even able to admit to to, claiming that King Hamlet’s passing was constantly on his thoughts. His actions and intentions in the play all lead up to one thing: getting revenge on Claudius. Not only did Claudius murder him, he also stole Hamlet’s rightful position as king. Another example is during Hamlet confrontation with the ghost when he says “wings as swift, As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge” (I.iv.35-37).
David’s men encouraged him to kill Saul saying, “Here is the day the Lord said to you, ‘Behold I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him what seems good to you’” (1 Samuel 24:4). Although, David was tempted to kill Saul because Saul had been hunting him, instead he cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. David’s men were astounded by this action and David responded to them “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed” (1 Samuel 24:6).
2) Frederic believes that “If people bring ... courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places … if you are none of these … it will kill you too”(216), emphasizing the basic principle ingrained at the core of humanity that violence and darkness slowly degrades the human soul. Hemingway employs Frederic’s internal monologue as representation for the bigger progression of humanity’s and specifically the Lost Generation’s alienation from their emotions and
Everybody will eventually want revenge on an old friend or just someone they know. Montressor, similar to many people in the world, wants revenge on one of his old friends, Fortunato. The story opens with, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 212). In this statement, Montressor tells the reader what the cause of his revenge against Fortunato is. “The Cask of Amontillado”, written by Edgar Allen Poe, tells the story of how Montressor brings Fortunato into the catacombs to bury him alive.
In the end, however, their crazed antics caused their demise by the hands of public authorities in 1350. The morbid thoughts of the European community in this dark time is forever immortalized in tombstone carvings of grotesque figures, rotting corpses, and
Twain’s tone is moralistic, in order to develop his theme of hypocrisy of a “civilized” society as evident in the excerpt “ It ain’t your fault, Huck; you didn’t know”, where Jim demonstrates concern for Huck and shows consolation toward Huck. Twain utilizes colloquial diction in order to effectively deliver his message as originally as possible in correspondence with the time period and writing exactly what other people would've said as evident in the excerpt “ en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren’s en makes ‘em ashamed” (Twain 118).
Twain uses Verbal Irony through Huck when he reveals how Tom Sawyer was the "gladdest" of all when Tom has a bullet in his leg. Normally, most people wouldn't be happy to have a bullet in their leg, so it was ironic for Tom to be so happy with a bullet in his leg. This verbal irony was used to show the readers Tom Sawyer's tendency and passion for romanticizing and exaggerating a situation. It also reveals Tom's love for adventures as he was willing to sacrifice his life and get hurt to go on life threatening adventures.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck Finn, the main character is a young boy that over the course of the book, goes on the adventure of a lifetime. He has to make many decisions as a young boy. Many times he battles with the views of society and what he as an individual believes is the the “right” way which goes against what society says. He represents many of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas in Self-Reliance. Huck becomes the ultimate personification of the ideas of independence, self-reliance, and non-conformity.