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.
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. He is disappointed to see that Ophelia is displaying irrational behavior when she begins to sing “They bore him barefac’d on the bier; Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny; And on his grave rains many a tear.” She is so mentally ill that she must be locked in a padded room during the day.
The main characteristic of Romanticism that Emily Dickinson portrayed in her poems is the emphases on how important Nature is for the transcendentalists. In most of her poems it is possible to find a kind of comparison of something found in Nature. For instance, in her poem “The Duties of the wind are few”, she linked abstract things like pleasure or liberty to things from nature like wind. This poem is insightful and there is too much religion involved. She was rebelling against the ideals of the Puritan which involved her in a individual struggle with the existence of God, the power of nature and the meaning of love for each person.
When her father dies, Emily suffers from isolation to the extent that she cannot let go of her father’s corpse. The author also brings out the theme of suffering from isolation when he uses descriptive words to show the reader how Emily is separated from the modern society. Some of the words the author uses are “coquettish decay” and “tarnished gold”. “Miss Emily’s house was left. Lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons” (Faulkner 32).
Through the characterization of Leroy and Norma Jean and the depiction of a conflict between two spouses, Bobbie Ann Mason stresses that communication is key. A slothful man, Leroy Moffitt is the husband of Norma Jean. After injuring his leg, Leroy is deemed unfit to drive his beloved rig and spends his days at home. While collecting dust in the house, Leroy begins to feel “unusually tender about his wife,” (760). He fondly notes her prettiness and flawless skin (761).
These trials took people of great character and stature and deemed them to be witches which stripped them of everything their name meant and owned. This madness continued until nineteen people had been hung and one man crushed to death. But in the end people learnt a valuable lesson about how impressionable people can be and how telling the truth can sometimes hurt you. These things show that the play The Crucible is truly a tragedy due to the people of great wealth of power and respect lose everything and have a not so pretty end. One of the most important characters and arguably the heroic character in the book was a farmer named John Proctor.
Abigail and her group of friends around found in the forest doing witchcraft to get their love interest to fall for the however they are caught by her uncle Parris and instead of confessing and telling the truth she lies to her uncle Parris by claiming she was just dancing. Due to her act Abigail’s sister Betty is unconscious and the whole town is convinced it’s witchcraft, causing mayhem throughout the community also known as mass hysteria. In the book The Tipping point it states “... convinced that he is being contaminated by some unseen evil- in the past it was demons and spirits; nowadays it tends to be toxings and gases.” This is how mass hysteria is starts, a collective illusion which if clearly shown in the play. In the play Abigail proclaims, “She lies! She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer!
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).
In the beginning of the story “Cathedral”, the narrator has a negative attitude towards Robert. He refers to him as ‘the blind man’ for a majority of the story. The narrator seems jealous of his wife’s friendliness when she offers Robert to stay at their house after his wife dies of cancer. Robert finally arrives to their house one evening and the narrator begins to ask him questions like “Which side of the train did you sit on by the way?” thinking the blind man wouldn’t know. He makes several comments like this throughout the story, but drawing the Cathedral with ‘the blind man’ becomes a life changing experience for the narrator.
Described in detail, the story involves how Matthew Maule, the grandson of a man falsely killed by the Pyncheon family, gets revenge on them by putting a spell on Gervayse’s daughter Alice to continuously do his bidding, which ultimately kills her. After Holgrave’s story is told, Phoebe leaves for her family home in the country and takes all happiness found in the home with her. Meanwhile, Judge Pyncheon arrives at the home during Phoebe’s absence, but is fiercely and angrily received by Hepzibah. While he at first politely asks to speak to Clifford regarding a hidden fortune that was once spoken of, his calmness turns to anger as a result of Hepzibah’s firm standing and he in turn threatens Clifford. Frightened, Hepzibah relents and goes to fetch Clifford, but discovers that he is absent from his room.
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, the accumulation of dust in Miss Emily’s house reinforces her static and perverse character. The townspeople describe Emily’s house as full of “dust and shadows” (105), “lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps – an eyesore among eyesores” (98) for generations after generations. The house’s poor, dust-filled condition symbolizes its owner’s unflinching denial to new changes. Furthermore, the loss of her father drives Emily to act on her tenacious impulse to forestall time. Emily stubbornly holds onto her father’s body for three days, repeatedly claiming that “[he] was not dead” (101).