An illusion is something that we see but it appears to be wrongly perceived. Throughout the play, we encounter various situations that ponder the issue of illusion versus reality. Before Macbeth murders Duncan, he presents a soliloquy where he imagines a dagger in front of him. That dagger is symbolic because it represents evil and foreshadows Duncan 's demise. This begs the question- is the dagger really there or is it just in the eyes of the beholder?
The short story never explains the wrong doing that Fortunado inflicted on Montresor, it only reveals Montresor’s need to kill Fortunado in order to perform the perfect act of vengeance. After he seals the tomb, however, he calls out “Fortunado!” twice almost as if he is waiting for a response. Hearing no answer, he speaks of his heart growing sick (Poe). It lets the reader know that he feels some sort of remorse, he is guilt ridden. In conclusion, it is Poe’s use of setting, dialogue and characterization to tell the horrific story of the perfect murder that makes “The Cask of Amontillado,” so intriguing.
In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the author claims that revenge and madness are related because the need for revenge can cause one to go insane trying to get their revenge. This comparison comes up when Hamlet kills Polonius, Ophelia goes insane, and when Laertes attempts to do anything to avenge his father and Ophelia. Shakespeare’s claims that madness and revenge are related are not true today because people generally get revenge through the legal system, and rarely have issues as large as those in Hamlet where they would feel such a strong need for revenge. These modern comparisons show up in workplace revenge, the people who generally seek revenge, and the effect revenge has on people. The first way Shakespeare expresses the
Transitioning to Act Three we see a side of Elizabeth that wouldn’t expect which would be dishonesty to save John from his death. Elizabeth being known through Salem for never telling a lie, is asked to tell the truth about John committing adultery so they can both be free. “I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits I think, and put out on the highroad,” (1148). From that quote she broke her streak of honesty because she couldn’t tell if John wanted her to tell the truth, so she lied to court about John not being a lecher.
For example, the prince`s cruel and irrational behaviour towards his love interest Ophelia which leads to her suicide indicates that he was possibly not in the right frame of mind. Another example would be that he plays with the idea of madness on several occasions often appearing distorted, creating speculation about whether or not the prince is insane. It is only when Hamlet contemplates suicide “to be or not to be that is the question” (Hamlet,3.1) that he finally begins to recognise the permanency of death as being “the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns” (Hamlet, 3.1). It appears that he accepts the likelihood of the ghost not descending from purgatory after all, supporting the argument that the character is a figment of his
His determination to avenge the unjust murder of his father is seen by some as noble, but the way he goes about it and the manner he treats other innocent people in the process is frowned upon by others. For many readers the question in Hamlet isn't to be or not to be, but whether to love or hate his character. Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) Is Amy Dunne a strong female character who wasn't afraid to take destiny into her own hands or was she a manipulative, lying, homicidal villian? That is the question many readers of Gone Girl asked themselves after reading the book. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, but there is no doubt that Amy is not a typical protagonist and left many readers wondering whether they should be rooting for or against
Murder is the unlawful planned out killing of one human being by another, which in society is seen as an action that is morally incorrect and should not be done; yet can this act under any circumstance ever be justified? In the Shakespearean play, Julius Caesar, a group of conspirators are against Caesar's rise in power and popularity, so they assassinate him to prevent Cesar from ascending greatly in power and becoming a tyrant. Even though the conspirators had the “good of Rome” in their intentions, Caesar's murder was not justified. Caesar was murdered under the pretext that he was gaining too much support and would eventually become a danger, and his “ambitious” behavior. Therefore, Caesar was murdered out of jealousy, morally incorrect
The two short stories are both confessions, in Poe's the murderer could be telling his confession to a friend or a policeman. The motive for both killers is because it drives both of them crazy. Edgar Allan Poe’s story is more suspenseful and mysterious as the killer does not tell you his background or anything. You also don’t know what’s going to happen after the killer confesses but with Dickens you know he is getting
Sight and blindness are two prevalent themes in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles. However, these themes of sight and blindness are not in reference to the literal ability, or lack thereof, to see. The themes of sight and blindness are more often in reference to having knowledge or being able to see the truth. Oedipus the King is a crime drama in some sense, where Oedipus takes on the role of detective. Oedipus seeks to find out the truth about the murder of Laius, the previous king of Thebes.
Because of the anticipation and the non-chronological order in this story, there is even more confusion presented upon the reader. Once again, death presents itself as one of the many reasons the story is surrounded by such a dark atmosphere. If it weren’t for the foreshadowing or indications Faulkner plays around with, we would not have suspected the death of Homer. Faulkner details, “the smell was the beginning of the end.” This indicates the decay of a body, which is unnatural for the story. William Faulkner’s inclusion of death reflects his writing skills.