The speaker offers a more in-depth view of their personal experience with hunting the woodchucks. The speaker begins to find joy and satisfaction in the murdering of pests, as demonstrated by the phrase, “thrilling to the feel of the .22”. The speaker admits that he/she is a “lapsed pacifist fallen from grace puffed with Darwinian pieties for killing”. This phrase shows that the speaker acknowledges their evolution towards evil. “Darwinian” can symbolize that the author is beginning to feel a primal “survival of the fittest” mindset while killing; it could also be a hint to the WWII metaphor because the Nazi’s used Darwinian ideas to justify the killings they committed.
In the poem “Woodchucks” by Maxine Kumin, how does the speaker strengthen a sense that everybody has a murderous intent deep inside? Throughout the essay, you will see that Kumin introduces the speaker as a frustrated farmer trying to get rid of a problem she is going through. The speaker tries to kill the woodchuck by successfully gassing them. The speaker is frustrated and angry furthermore because his solution is not working in order to protect his garden. Down the line in the poem the farmer finds another means on how to kill the woodchucks and feel like this is the only option to get rid of them, however, wants the woodchucks to not feel the pain.
My favorite poem in “Reading, Responding, and Writing” is Maxine Kumin’s “Woodchucks”. This is an intriguing story that starts off with a gardener gassing these innocent woodchucks that are only trying to survive in their home but end up eating his produce in the garden. It escalates very quickly to him becoming obsessed with murdering them until each and everyone is dead. The story is interesting because at first you think nothing of the killings but then he takes it too far and won’t stop, as if he is addicted. Though the poem might just seem to be about a gardener killing woodchucks, it really shows that if a person is pushed too far they can become obsessed, lose all humanity, and become a monster.
Analysis of an Essay Do you ever wonder how a brutal murder victim appears to look their normal selves at their funeral? Well, in Jessica Mitford’s “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain”, she takes us through the amazing, yet disturbing process called Embalming and Restorative Arts. Mitford is disgusted and completely against it because she thinks it is inhumane, so she goes into illustrative detail by using similes, and a great deal of imagery. Mitford’s purpose of the essay was to gain support in objecting towards embalming, and inform us of the process through graphic detail. She did this using process analysis and telling us step by step.
Her whole purpose of killing Hrothgar’s friend and wreaking in Heorot is was to avenge Grendel’s death. After Grendel’s death, she channeled all that hatred and grief towards the people that harmed her child. Her love for her child lead her to commit these acts. Even though her actions are considered evil, it is natural to feel some sort of pity and sympathy for Grendel’s mother after her loss. Unlike Grendel, Grendel’s mother doesn't kill or destroy randomly.
Flannery O’Connor, an American short story writer, grapples with the ethical dilemma of good versus evil and its relation to moral beliefs in most of her works. Most notably, in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, Bailey, June Star, John Wesley, the grandmother, and the mother are killed by The Misfit, an escaped criminal, in search of a plantation. Being the last family member alive, the grandmother struggles to find her moral compass while facing the Misfit. She explains her belief in Christian values to escape death. However, the Misfit finds her moral justification superficial, ultimately murdering the grandmother for her lack of moral fortitude during her face with death.
Although the Landmine and the Rope in Melissa Range’s poems are both made to participate in horrifying violence against the innocent, the Landmine reveals its boastful indifference by twisting imagery of life and hope into a grotesque threat to haunt the world of peace long into the future, while the Rope reveals its humble sympathy by longing for a future that redeems violence by affirming life and beauty. The Landmine and the Rope are both tools of death throughout the two poems. The Landmine claims it will “bloom into a bouquet for an amputee” (4), vividly describing the pain and suffering that it will cause to whoever is unlucky enough to cross its path, even “children”(8). The fact that the Landmine mentions children as a potential victim proves that whether someone is an enemy or not, their lives are in danger. The Landmine is unavoidable, as it is “in hiding, but can’t be smoked out”(5), giving no chance for the victim of this weapon to escape.
After a while she seemed to accept her more. Veronika explains to her that the most untraceable way of killing her would be an injection to the neck. Carolyn and Veronika seems to develop a bond with each other, for Veronika explains to her that she is cool. Carolyn went on by saying that she is not a nice person, and she have done some very awful and vindictive things. She have ruined people’s lives and the reason she wants to die is because she believes she deserves to die.
Abigail Williams was non stop visualizing about her affair the more she thought about it the more she convinced herself she was in love. “You loved me John Proctor, whatever sin it is you love me yet” (Act 1) That concludes all she wants is John. Abigail used her authority to create a base for her lies. When she was in the woods she drank blood to Kill goody Proctor. “You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor” (Act 1).
Ultima dies from the vengeance of Tenorio after Ultima indirectly killed his daughters for ruining innocent people’s lives and destinies. Tenorio found out that the only way to kill Ultima is through her spirit or her owl. Tenorio kills the owl and so does Ultima. Before death crept in Ultima’s veins she whispered to Antonio “Bless me, Ultima--” Her hand touched my forehead and her last words were, “I bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful, Antonio. Always have the strength to live.