“Nemo me impune lacessit.”(Poe 228) A Latin phrase which means no one attacks me with impunity, and from that is the entire meaning or the main theme of “The Cask of Amontillado.” From the time humans are born to when they die will in some way harm another human physically or mentally because of revenge, hate, or want. Human nature at is core is destructive and harmful. Montresor, the protagonist in Poe’s short story, which lucratively conveys the true nature of human nature, revenge. In the other short story, “The Lottery” by Mr. Jackson, shows the other negative aspect of human nature, traditions. Yes, most traditions are perfectly fine and bring people together, but there are some that are harmful to society, and “The Lottery” does a fantastic job. “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones.”(Jackson 138) Mr. Jackson displayed a very extreme and deadly tradition, and from the extremism allows the reader to thoughtfully ponder on and understand that even though the some practices or ritual, might seem normal because everyone is doing it, but when investigate f...
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...n member is a just right action. The town members don’t even bat an eye when commencing the organized event. “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.” (Jackson 134) This quote is so true, that no one wants to change what is already in place, and it is a great correlation to the 2nd amendment point; once the government started to tweak what is clearly stated in the amendment, makes for an up roar from the public.
Human nature, deception, and finger pointing is what defines humanity. The short stories by Poe and Jackson shines the light so clearly on these eye sores of humanity, and allows the reader to pick up on the errors of humanity, and its cleverness to change and adapt to the situation that so that it can thrive and deceive to gain what it wants.
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