Teagan Hawes Author’s Craft Essay In life, humanity needs to see past the surface of others, or they will face the pain of guilt later on. In the story, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator has an obsession with an old man’s eye--an eye that brought great agony among the narrator whenever he looked upon it. He couldn’t bare seeing that eye any longer, thus, he decided to kill the old man because of it. Feeling great remorse and guilt by the end of the story, the narrator becomes paranoid and scared. There are a variety of craft moves that are compounded to contribute to this story and make it as interesting as it is.
“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.
Both of these characters become drastically more evil throughout their stories. The question is which of the two becomes more evil? After critically analyzing these two stories it is evident that Macbeth is more evil because he manipulates others into committing murders whereas Jack commits them himself. Although, they are both extremely evil, manipulating others and in turn wreaking havoc on their consciences is more evil than committing the act
This could be just reasoning as to why he made the hallucinations he listened to be witches. Witches are known to be unhuman evil spirits that do the bidding of Satan and all dark. It adds to the effect of Macbeth being such a corrupt being when the witches even say that “something wicked this way comes” (4.1.45). This is incredible because to have these figments of his imagination to say that he is dark shows how corrupt Macbeth had become. The murders that Macbeth committed not only showed his brutality and ruthlessness but it also showed how twisted is soul is.
Dr. Jekyll tells the power of evil Mr. Hyde through a letter he wrote to Mr. Utterson, “I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my though, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the bonds of obligation. I looked down; my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs; the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. I was once more Edward Hyde,” (78). Dr. Jekyll was unable to control his dark self spontaneously, without the aid of his potion and while he was wide awake. Jekyll’s theory of dual nature, is humans being half criminal, and half virtuous.
Hawthorne’s immoral imagery depicts Chillingworth as untrustworthy. Later on, symbolism associates Chillingworth as a vicious person that seeks information for his own well-being. “In a word, old Roger Chillingworth was a striking evidence of man’s faculty of transforming himself into a devil, if he will only, for a
I heard many things in hell.” (1). Perhaps, if he could things from hell, he could have heard bad things about the old man. He proceeded to tell the reader, “He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 2) Since his reasoning is completely illogical, the reader can infer that he is mentally unstable. The narrator’s motive and style of execution for the murder is rather strange.
In Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, Poe writes about how his characters are driven to commit murder and how their guilt eats them alive. The dark plots used is his writings exemplify the threshold of the unknown through the way that individuals are viewed as evil. All of his writings have some sort of violence that is driven by supernatural occurrences. The man in The Tell-Tale Heart has an eye that is scary and seen as potential evil that drives the narrator crazy and eventually causes murder. Poe uses romantic characteristics in his texts by having dark plots that include murder, funerals, and mental and physical torture that regards humanity by showing how people react to even the smallest situations.
Throughout his stages of character development it is easy to depict what changes have occurred and what has influenced such a transition. In Act ii-iii it is presented that his evil conscience is what built his downfall.When Macbeth was informed that Duncan made him the Thane of Cawsor, he gives into the temptations suggested by the witches and becomes merciless towards the act of murder. In this case Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function; is smother’d in sunrise.” (i.iii.139-141). Macbeth demonstrates treacherous personality traits by acting inhumane towards crimes that he wouldn’t have committed before the prophecies Lady Macbeth however, has this contagious hold on Macbeth hand which influences his actions. For one, she intrigues his masculinity in order to persuade him to commit malicious crimes.
In Hamlet, madness serves to “convey the disillusion and despair that pervades the characters, and leads them to rash and self-destructive acts” (Lidz 33). Hamlet’s despair drives him to madness, which, in turn, drives him to decimating his relationships with his mother and Ophelia, and ultimately, to death. Hamlet’s descent into insanity explores the “possible reasons of degeneration of the human mind”, the idea that ultimate desolation, unwavering grief, may be a driving force for developing insanity (Bali 84). Hamlet’s disparaging tendencies are a result of the degeneration of his mind, an unpleasant side effect of his cavernous grief and longing for his The influence of his madness is exemplified when Laertes does not, in the end, condemn Hamlet for his, Ophelia’s, and Polonius’s deaths. The indication that “Hamlet does it not … his madness” is what forces him to behave as he does, that “Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong’d”; “his madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy” lends to the idea that lunacy is all-consuming and that the ill cannot be condemned for acts committed while mentally unstable: their mania is the true culprit (V.ii.232-238).