Psychotic Darkness A gun gives you the opportunity, but a thought pulls the trigger. In this world, there are many life changing situations that can test one 's sanity. Such situations can capture one 's mind leading the mind to be on the verge of psychotic. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, grants the characters with a series of insane scenes that can generate question of psychotic characters. Conrad uses psychological influence throughout the novella specifically in the areas of, physical health, geographical surroundings, and eerie obsession to lead to the overall truth of madness.
In addition, Fatima Anjum’s article "Loss of Civilization and Innocence in Lord of the Flies," states that, Ralph is not bad at the core he still has a sense of his original innocence, but as bad things happen he falls deeper and deeper into the madness. At points when engulfed by madness, he wants to revert to his innocence rather than face the evil that he has become. Anjum relates his points to the quote stating that ralph“wept for innocence” (Golding 202). Ralph is at a point where he does not even recognize himself, he is so far into evil he does not even know how he got there. Ralph may be falling into evil but overall he is still a kid, and he still has innocence even if it does not amount to the innocence he had upon arriving to the island.
This greed grew strong and grew into the establishment of imperialism through the use of slavery. While the greed is still growing the English have know lost all of their moral value and have cast aside the meaning of life for the Natives of the Congo. This hunger of greed allowed the civilized to become the uncivilized “savages” they paint the Natives to be. Mr. Kurtz is the man that the english view as the idol in a way but dies seeing “The Horror”(154) of all the darkness the “light”(68) has made. Works Cited Qu, Caie.
Although Conrad uses Kurtz’s savage-like actions to represent most of humanity’s flaws, he also uses the absence of effort from Kurtz’s followers to represent its equal damage to the success of civilization. As Marlow observes what seems to be Kurtz’s realization of his faults, Kurtz, “crie[s] in a whisper at some image, at some vision[...] ‘The horror! The horror!’”. This serves as Kurtz’s final judgement of his life as well as that of rising human corruption. The author makes is known that even though Kurtz warns Marlow of “the horror,” it is too late to fix his brutality towards the natives and transform his values into those that do not revolve around imperialism.
“The Tell Tale Heart” is a story, on the most fundamental level, of conflict. There is a mental conflict inside the narrator himself (expecting the narrator is male). Through clear clues and explanations, Poe cautions the reader to the mental condition of the narrator, which is insanity. The insanity is portrayed as an obsession (with the old man 's eye), which thus leads to loss of control and in the long run outcomes in violence. At last, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate.
He says that the chief end of all his labor is: “to vex the world rather than divert it”. He declares that: “I have ever hated all nations, professions, and communities and all his love is towards individuals.” He does not believe that: “Man is a rational animal”. Yet he believes that: “Man is capable of becoming rational if he makes the necessary efforts.” Gulliver is a decidedly inconsistent figure in the Travels. Indeed, there are several Gullivers, each capable of or subject to different levels of irony and each capable of or subject to different levels of satiric abuse. At various times Swift makes Gulliver’s responses shallow and unreliable as part of the fictional
Mentally tainted by the horrors he experienced under the James Flynn’s, he fantasizes of faraway lands and extravagant settings: “I felt that I had been very far away, in some land where the customs were strange—in Persia, I thought....” (4). The specificity demands further analysis; a Catholic boy’s thoughts should lead to simplicity and God, not exotic images. The empire presents itself as indulgent, ornamental, and vivacious. Though the dream fosters sinful characterization of him, the underlying tones show a boy who wants nothing more than an escape. It pollutes his mind enough that he regresses from Christianity, the heaviest reminder of Father Flynn and his villainy.
The overall mood determined by the text, darkness and madness, was influenced by several elements to help further advance it. Hence, Edgar Allan Poe focused on multiple craft moves, 1st person narrator, symbolism, and description to build a variety of moods. Right from the start, the author uses the craft move, 1st person narrator, to build an overall mood of darkness and mischievousness. In the text the narrator utters, “True!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them.” This quote has an immediate effect on the readers, as it uses the em dash.
These two short were written by Edgar Allan Poe who was an American poet and writer who is regarded as a master of macabre, focusing on the horror genre with themes of death and insanity being explored throughout his work. Many traits of his main characters, such as the alcohol abuse of the protagonist in The Black Cat are borrowed from his own experiences, with the demons of drugs and alcohol eventually driving Poe to his death. The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart have many things in common, but they do have some significant differences too. I will try to compare these two short stories and hopefully bring something interesting to the reader attention. In the story The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is writing the story because he is trying to convince the reader that he is not mad.
Joseph Conrad uses imagery to describe very cruel and brutal aspects of Charlie Marlow’s journey inside Africa. On page 95 line 27 through page 96 line 17 “ Now I had suddenly a nearer view, and its first result was to make me throw my head back as if before a blow. Ten I went carefully from post to post with my glass, and I saw my mistake. These round knobs were not ornamental but symbolic; they were expressive and puzzling, striking and disturbing— food for thought […] and there it was, black, dried, sunken, with closed eyelids—a head that seemed to sleep at the top of that pole, and, with the shrunken dry lips showing a narrow white line of the teeth, was smiling, too, smiling continuously at some endless and jocose dream of that eternal slumber. “ Marlow does not just say there was head on a stick straightforward, rather he explains the event in a visual manner.