To men in such a state the Devil sends Thoughts of this kind, and has a full permission To lure them on to sorrow and perdition; For this young man was utterly content To kill them both and never to repent” (246-251). The temptation of greed ended up killing the three men at the end of the tale.”The Pardoner's Tale” provides a clear understanding that greed is a sin we all have to battle with in our lives, whereas the moral of the wife of bath's tale applies to people doing bad things. This tale teaches the reader a lesson about greed and how it can overcome people, making them do bad
Just to get what she wanted, she did convince macbeth to commit crimes, but Macbeth is still the person with the last word. He cannot do anything by himself because he is scared, but when his wife helps him out, she herself does not wish to kill anyone. The one who commits the crime pays the price. Macbeth is the only murderer since he was the one who always ordered the murderers to kill whomever he disliked. Macbeth also has no mercy when he sent out the men to kill Macduff's family.
Montresor is so consumed by his hatred for Fortunato that he deliberately creates a plot to murder Fortunato to seek justice for himself and his family name. In order to convey this to the audience Poe uses foreshadowing, suspense, and exposition to reveal the intentions of Montresor. The first literary tool Poe uses in order to reveal the intentions of Montresor is exposition. Poe uses exposition in the beginning of, “The Cask of Amontillado,” in order to get the rest of the story in motion. Poe writes, “Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times and I had suffered quietly.
Terrie Hutchinson is chosen to be stoned, and Mr. Summers informs the village to start throwing stones: “All right, folks… Let’s finish quickly” (7). Mr. Summers wants the stoning to happen quickly, so the citizens do not have to think about their wrongful actions. The citizens subconsciously realize randomly murdering an innocent person is wrong, but they have to participate in the lottery. When the stoning happens swiftly, the citizens do not have enough time to process the fact that they are randomly murdering one of their own villagers. In order to protect the villagers from analyzing the horrible results of the lottery and worrying about their wrongful actions later in the day, Mr. Summers tells them to throw the stones
For society, the struggle between their aspirations to be moral and just and the greater, more abstract moral cost they pay every time they condone a state-sanctioned murder is a never ending battle. No one wishes to be the person who “heard her cries for help but did nothing while an attacker stabbed her to death”, no one wants that on their conscience (Bruck 581). In order to compensate for this occurrence, they try to reconcile themselves by exerting the harshest punishment known upon the perpetrator while distancing themselves from the person. With this first instinct of “an eye for an eye”, capital punishment made its debut with the thought “the advantages, moral or material, outweigh [the cost]” (DMW, VDH 2). In the film, Prejean battles this preconception with the claim that the moral cost society pays far outweighs any benefits it poses.
Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” is about a man named Macbeth who is an ambitious person, will commit atrocious acts to achieve his desires. At the end of the play, Malcolm expresses Macbeth and lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen”. Lady Macbeth’s evil is restricted to the first murder, but on the other hand, Macbeth who starts off as a noble hero, goes from one ruthless killing to the next. Even though Macbeth has made immoral decisions, you still need to consider the fact that the audience has a clear understanding of both Macbeth and lady Macbeth’s conscience and guilt from the murders afterwards. Therefore, since they have conscience and experience guilt, it is difficult to say they deserved this epitaph.
The Danger of Tradition Traditionally many ancient societies would kill their people to sacrifice to God in order to obtain rain or a good harvest. These mindlessly, followed traditions were never critically thought about and therefore citizens died year after year. A similar tragedy occurs in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. This story features a civilization much like our own but with one small difference, the town’s people hold a lottery every year and the town stones who ever loses to death. Through out the story it is evident the danger of blindly following tradition is developed through the symbolism of the black box, the setting and atmosphere the author creates, the symbolism behind the act of the lottery and what it represents on modern day society.
Following misunderstood traditions allows people to perform harmful actions because it is what they have been taught to do. In the short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson reveals the tragic consequences of not being willing to stand up against traditions that serve no useful purpose in society. Through the use of symbolism, characterization and setting shows the way that even ordinary people pursue traditions that create tension and harmful outcomes to anyone involved. People will blindly follow tradition without questioning it or its outcome. A box that has been used since the lottery started is now on its last leg but when "Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, no one liked to even upset a tradition as was represented by the black
He directly states that any “[p]ersons attempting…” to discover a motive will chance prosecution, any “...persons attempting to find a moral...” risk banishment , and any individual striving to find a plot “...will be shot” (Twain “Notice”). Contrary to usual authors that urge editors to discover a moral, Twain creates extravagant punishments instead, which leads to the thought that his efforts sit as an attention diversion from his secret morals hidden inside. Not only do the categories of racism and societal ignorance shine through his attempt of masked morals, but also the taboo on murder. Robbers on a broken down steamboat consider killing another man; however, the two decide against the decision because “...it ain’t good morals” (Twain 52). Specifically stated within an argument, Twain presents his own personal views on murder, which entails the involvement of personal morals, proving that in fact, morals build the basis of the
Macbeth is a classic dicator, a power hungry individual who will do anything to maintain his power. Although Macbeth is still haunted by his commissioned murder of his best friend Banquo, this is not a sign of him possessing remorse but another sign of the anxiety he feels that might threaten his
In the story ¨The Cask of Amontillado¨ by Edgar Allan Poe is a powerful story about revenge that takes readers into the mind of a murderer. Montresor is a perfect example of an unreliable narrator because he was capable of burying Fortunato into a vault. He vows revenge on Fortunato for an insult. He can’t be trusted, even if he’d be lying about Fortunato’s death. Fortunato´s name means ¨fortunate¨ which in reality, he didn 't really turn out that way.