Cruelty In Literature

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There are many examples of cruelty

in literary works. Literary works

such as plays, novels, films, short

stories, and poetry. One may believe

that cruelty is a way of life. Cruelty

is included in great works of

literature such as The Crucible, The

Scarlet Letter, Bartleby, The Red

Badge of Courage, The Last of the

Mohicans, Lottery, Dr. Heidigger’s

Experiment, Redburn, Angel of

Death, Gold Bug, The Tell-tale

Heart, and Night. The following is an

explanation of the cruelty and the

result of it.

In the Last of the Mohicans, there

are many acts of cruelty displayed.

For example, The bad Huron Indian

Magma makes the English troops

walk right into a war party trap. As a

result of this action, The English

troops fought every Indian in the war

party, but three Mohicans killed

most of the Huron. Another example

would be when Monroe won’t let the

militia go back to the frontier to

defend their families. As a result,

Nathaniel helped the people who

wanted to leave, escape. Another

example would be when the Huron

Indians killed Uncas. In turn, Alice

threw herself off a cliff because she

loved him so much. Another

example would be when the French

told the Huron not to attack the

American troops again. As a result,

the Huron attack the American

troops anyway. Theses various

counts of cruelty show that the

Huron Indians are a cruel people.

In The Red Badge of Courage there

also are many acts of cruelty

displayed. For example, Henry runs

away from battle. In turn, Jim and

the rest of the company got wounded

and some died. Another example

would be when the red coats

attacked the Americans. As a result,

Henry ran away again. Another

example would be when the generals

were laughing about the win. In turn,

Henry overheard them and thought

he was celebrating about something

he didn’t help in and was treating the

entire war as a game. Another

example would be War itself. As a

result, Henry gets war fever and runs

in front of the line, in a suicide

attempt. Another example would be

when Henry was asking for help

from a running solider, the solider hit

Henry with the butt of his rifle. In

turn, Henry was knocked out and

left for dead. Unlike the Huron, the

red coats and their own men are the

cruel ones. One of the solider on his

side actually strikes Henry, which

knocks him out. This movie also

illustrates cruelty from a 3rd party,

the generals are not involved directly

yet cause cruelty.

In Bartleby, there are many

occurrences of cruelty. For example,

Bartleby wouldn’t leave the office.

As a result, many people get mad.

Another example would be when

Bartleby’s old boss moved out of the

office. In turn, the new owner came

back to his old boss and said get rid

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