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
Macbeth's lust for power becomes blatantly obvious based upon his fears that "to be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus", prompting him to kill Banquo and make an attempt at his son, Fleance. To relieve himself of his insecurities, he manipulates two murderers to believe than Banquo is their "enemy" and the source of all of their problems, displaying his twisted nature. He does not, before the act is already committed, share news of the "deed of dreadful note" with his "dearest chuck", Lady Macbeth, proving he has made his face a "vizard to [his] heart" not only for the public, but also to his once-cohort. Macbeth's peers' opinion sinks so low that he is often merely referred to as a "tyrant" rather than by his name. He is not only a traitorous and cruel king, but the extent to which he is "unfit to govern" makes him "unfit to live" - deserving of death for how he has let down Scotland.
Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. You could argue that when he ‘wore the Thane of Cawdor’s robes’ he became a traitor like the Thane of Cawdor. His traitorous actions would have been met with death at that time. God's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power.
He loves life, he kills life; he prays to the gods for justice, he betrays them under his evil desire. In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the same things make us laugh, but also make us cry. It’s a dark page from the young man’s book of life and religion. Pi, the main character of this book, believes in three different religions, although they give him hope and energy, it brings the conflict for him because he has to kill and that’s against the faith after the trip; also, Pi’s actions may destroy and ultimately betray his faith and all three religions that he believes in. Religion plays an important part in Pi’s whole life, it gives pi hope and energy.
Pride often leads to someone’s downfall - this idea has been developed from the playwright “Oedipus the king” through Rey’s interactive oral presentation. He discussed that Oedipus’ excessive pride over his knowledge due to solving riddles allows him to not listen to others including the respected Prophet , his dear relative Kreon - he seldom pays heed to them and decides to pursue further for searching the predecessor’s murderer . His own path opens up hidden , dark truth about his life. From the presentation it has been evident that Oedipus was not smart enough to realize that the path he set for himself, will eventually bring nothing but pain. Oedipus guaranteed to the citizens of Thebes that he will definitely cooperate, and banish
Accessed on 10 January 2018. According to Segal, though the gods hold different reasons for their contempt, it is above all else Odysseus’ hubris that prevents his voyage home. Though intelligent, Odysseus lacks the wisdom to control his nature. “He comes to grief because he cannot resist the temptation to gloat over his victory and make sure that his enemy knows the identity of his vanquisher” (494). Over the course of his journey for self knowledge, Odysseus slowly becomes more and more aware of his fault in character.
Surprisingly, Gilgamesh is scared, and almost reluctant to fight when he first sees Humbaba. Humbaba “nodded his head and shook it, menacing Gilgamesh; and on him he fastened his eye, the eye of death. Then Gilgamesh called to Shamash and his tears were flowing” (20). Gilgamesh needs help to defeat Humbaba, but his arrogance keeps him from becoming self-aware of his weakness. Gilgamesh and Enkidu ruthlessly triumph over Humbaba and in their celebration.
Like Aeneas, Satan’s journey to the underworld allowed him to realize his true purpose. Satan’s determination to continue fighting against “[God’s] utmost power” is futile, even “with [Satan’s] adverse power oppos 'd” because he is clearly outmatched (102-103). Milton does not question God’s dominance in terms of power, which serves to endear Satan to the British public. They can support the ideas Milton presents while still siding with God. Satan’s knowledge of his task’s futility makes his quest tragic, similar to Aeneas’s tragic death before the creation of
The narrator wants to kill his brother because he realized he would not die and because of that, won't be able to do anything physically like brothers do together. The narrator is tired of lugging Doodle around and says, "He was burden in many ways" (Hurst 345). Well, what is a better and more permanent way to get rid of a burden that
In the next scene, Richard proves to be rightly concerned as Clarence almost convinces the assassins to spare him. In the dungeon, Clarence reminds the murderers that they would be going against God if they go through with the murder: “Hast thou that holy feeling in thy soul, to counsel me to make my peace with God, and art thou yet to thy own soul so blind, that thou wilt war with God by murdering me? Ah, sirs, consider, he that set you on to do this deed will hate you for the deed” (Act I, scene iv). By mentioning God, Clarence makes the murderers weigh the consequences of his murder. One would think murderers would show indifference to their victim’s words, but Clarence is so persuasive in his reasoning that they waver in their action.