Roderick and Madeline Usher have been riddled with many illnesses as a result of the many generations hailing from a “direct line of descent” (Poe 196). The twins are the last members of their family and are on the edge of extinction. It can be possible that the Usher’s had turned their backs on God and “betrayed the Holy Ghost in themselves” (The Fall of the House of Usher 167). As the last of the Usher House, Madeline and Roderick symbolize the end of “an Enlightenment tradition still standing but about to collapse” (The Fall of the House of Usher 167).
Poe had experienced tragic events in his childhood, and he may have found writing stories and poems as a form of releasing stress. Poe seems to be off about his actions when he writes a story or poem. “The Tell-Tale Heart” connects with the “The Fall of the House of Usher” because, in The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator was being haunted by an old man he had killed by cutting up his body parts and then stuffing them under the floorboards of the old man’s home. The old man came back to haunt the narrator with the sound of his beating heart. In the Fall of the House of Usher, Madeline breaks free from her tomb and causes Roderick to have a heart attack because Roderick mistakenly buried her alive.
Mallard. The two true themes of this story are loss and irony and Mrs. Mallard embodies both of these. The theme of loss is littered throughout this story; first Mrs. Mallard thinks that she has lost her husband; second she finds out that she has lost her new freedom, and finally Mr. Mallard loses his husband. While many readers may see Mrs. Mallard’s death as the greatest loss, Chopin’s writing suggests that it is instead the loss of new life that Mrs. Mallard has so quickly discovered. She had her entire new life planned out, and it all came crashing down within an hour.
His decision to kill Macduff’s family was one that cost him his life. Macduff immediately retaliated and unleashed his army upon Macbeth’s army with the help of Malcolm. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth is beginning to go mad, has started to sleepwalk, and has lost her mind. As the enemy forces approach in the distance of Forres, Lady Macbeth kills herself. When the horrific news is revealed to Macbeth he states, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” (V. v).
The theme of guilt is expressed by Lady Macbeth, who had taken part in many murders and had convinced her husband to join in. She eventually got consumed by guilt to the point where she took her own life. It is represented through blood imagery, where Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both interpreted the blood on their hands in different ways, but both still feeling the guilt. Lastly it is represented in Macbeth’s internal conflict. As he kills people throughout the play, his guild worsens to the point where he has become a tyrant.
In this story, Nicolas Ravolati, the villain, “treacherously stabbed” Antoine Saverini, the son of his widowed mother. The widow and her dog, Semillante, both experienced terrible grief afterwards in which lack of sleep and persistent howling became a constant. Both were inconsolable after Antoine’s murder. The loss of a loved one evidently affected both of them in traumatic ways. They were clearly wronged, which is underscored by their strong symptoms of grief.
In Chopin 's writing Desiree has a response of hopelessness as well as desperation. When Armand demands her leave from the plantation Desiree seeks her child and “disappears among the reeds and willows… and she did not come back again.” In her fit of sadness and helplessness Desiree kills herself and her son while on the contrary something 's quite different occurs in Dahl’s story. In Dahl’s story he goes in a different direction, making the reader feel the sense of anguish, anger, frustration, and strange return to normalcy the main character undergoes. For example, after committing the murder of her husband, Patrick, Mary acknowledges the fact that she has killed her husband; however, continues with what she was doing beforehand as if her husband who had died by her hand wasn 't lying dead on the floor.
He killed himself for wanting to live” (Zusak 503). While Michael deals with guilt by self destructing, Liesel, the main character, handles guilt using other methods. Liesel encounters guilt through the death of her loved ones in addition to the sadness of losing everything she had. She deals with this guilt by stealing books and reading with her Papa. By stealing books, she achieved the famous nickname, the Book Thief.
Hamlet has come to see his mother, Queen Gertrude, and ends up stabbing Lord Polonius, which ultimately leads to his death. Lord Polonius’ final words include “O, I am slain!” Even though this provides a slight amount of comic relief to the reader, it has a reverse effect on Ophelia’s mental state. Her father’s death seems to be the potent punch in this fight because she officially goes mad after this final event. This is apparent in Scene IV Act I, when Laertes has come back to visit his sister and check on her well being.
Hurst shows the narrator’s remorse of leaving through his use of somber words. After the narrator discovers Doodle’s deceased body, he uses cacophonous, and sorrowful, words, such as “weeping,” “tear-blurred,” “crying,” and “fallen,” to describe the massive regret he had for leaving behind Doodle. The narrator fell into hysteria as he was unable to control his intense crying, so the diction used only could be cacophonous. As a result of Doodle’s death, the narrator and his family left their house at some point in time after the event because the loss of a family member must have had a depressing effect on the atmosphere within the home. After an extended period of time, the narrator returned to his childhood home, despite the painful nostalgia
In the story, ”The Masque of the Red Death,” the author uses the seven rooms as a symbol to express the themes of the story. To begin, Poe signifies that the palace has seven rooms. He uses the number seven as a symbol for the seven deadly sins. This provides the theme of selfishness and greed when Prince Prospero locks himself away in an effort to save himself and leaves his people to fend for themselves. Next, the author states that the clock, which is located in the Black room, can be heard anywhere in the palace.
Unfortunate Fate in “The Cask of Amontillado” From the beginning of the of the story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator, Montresor, opens the story stating that the “thousand injuries” and irreparable insult caused by Fortunato won’t stay unpunished, and he seeks for revenge (Poe 467). Poe creates a sense of terror while he guides the audience to the unexpected revenge. The terror that Poe creates in the audience is only successful due to the use of literary elements. The use of symbolism, foreshadowing, and irony are essential to build the suspense that guides the reader throughout the story to a tragic ending.