Whereas, in The Cask of Amontillado, the reason behind the murder is revenge, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Additionally, Montressor’s jealousy is another reason because of which he murders Fortunato. The other difference noticed in the short stories, is that in both of the short stories the aftermath of the murder is different. In The Tell Tale Heart, in the near end of the story after the murder, the narrator feels very happy , and
He was a perfect mold for the descendant of Cain, because of his series of murders and attacks he committed. Beowulf decided to fight Grendel in defense of Hrothgar. Grendel had been lurking after Hrothgar’s warriors and Beowulf would not allow him to anymore. Beowulf believed if Grendel were to win the fight then it would be a terrible day. Grendel would walk around the corpse with no remorse, but only happiness and gloat his victory.
As the reader begins to read the story the author makes it very clear that Montresor wants revenge. The author tells us that the relationship between Montresor and Fortunato was not a good one. The first line of the story goes as follows “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe) Apparently, Fortunato had caused pain to Montresor multiple times in the past and Montresor was fed up with it, and finally decided to do something about it.
Some may argue that it was not his fault that he was killed, for the prolonged feud between the two households, Montague and Capulet, could be considered the reason for the fight and death. In being rivals for so long, the households grew to violently despise the other. This led to Tybalt's desire to duel with Romeo, for he hated him for no reason except his last name. If the households were not enemies, neither would Tybalt and Romeo. Mercutio, right before his death, said, “A plague o’ both your houses!
Dorothy Parker is famous for her quote "Revenge is a dish best served cold". But what is revenge? The Oxford Dictionary defines revenge as to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit. The story of “The cask of amontillado’’ by Edgar Allan Poe is about a dark take on someone’s willingness to exact his vengeance.
In the book Heroes, it says, ““Then I am filled with guilt and shame, knowing that I have just prayed for the man I am going to kill¨(Cormier 8). In conclusion, Cormier creates suspense by right in the beginning of the book, he has Francis say he will kill Larry LaSalle. In that part of the book, we don’t know who Larry is, and we don’t know why Francis wants to kill him. Cormier uses a flashback to create suspense by going back to Larry and Francis talking to each other at the Wreck Center..
Gawain’s loyalty to kin is often mentioned in Le Morte, and his need for revenge tends to be the main reason why he is shamed throughout the text. Later on in the book Gawain and his brothers take down Lamorak in a shameful ambush, and afterwards none of them repent their deeds or get into trouble. The fact that Gawain is able to shame a woman and a fellow knight and then ambush and kill another without consequences, makes it easy to argue that King Pellinor’s death was a major turning point in Le Morte. This is because if Arthur had punished his nephews in the way all other knights would have been punished for this behavior then he could have prevented further murder, including the deaths of the his own sister Margause and her lover Lamorak, among others (Bedwell 6).
If you’ve read Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Cask of Amontillado, you know how evil the protagonist, Montresor, is. He expertly carried out a disturbing scheme that left a man buried alive in the deepest part of the Montresor catacombs to die and rot, all for the sake of revenge. We know that Montresor is a very dark and disturbing character, as his own personality was based off of Poe’s. There is no doubt that Montresor committed a heinous crime of which would not be excused in today’s world. However, there are several quotes and pieces of textual evidence to suggest that Montresor might have done the people a favor by killing the not-so-fortunate “fortunate one.”
Once someone has decided to revoke their loyalty to a nation or a group, they place themselves in a position where they are loyal to no one and no one is loyal to them. Often traitors are left on their deathbeds without support from the country they helped, but with the country they betrayed still chiding them for their act. Although a traitor is a dubious character that ultimately seeks revenge, he can actually be helpful to those he chooses to betray. Traitors generally are most
Human behavior will determine the success of our world. Humans can destroy themselves if they are malicious like shown in the short stories The Cask of Amontillado, The Veldt, and The Lottery. Human nature is slowly decreasing in value in the world. Characters in those short stories prove to be the wrong answer to healing the wounds of the world today, like the injustice, and overall ignorance the world carries on its back. Although humans can be kind and selfless people, sacrificing loved ones, hurting innocent bystanders, and plotting revenge can reveal the dark side of human nature.
When comparing two completely different novels, it is hard to see where any similarities could possible come to light. Othello and Peace Like a River probably have much more differences than similarities, but there are a few similarities despite the difference in the style of how the books were written, the plot, the time, and many more. Both Leif Enger in Peace Like a River and Shakespeare in Othello address the topic of revenge by murder. However, Leif Enger suggests that Davy killed to protect his family, whereas Shakespeare suggests that Othello killed due to jealousy. Overall, they both killed for the same reason: to get revenge.