Edgar Allan Poe is known for his short stories and are told by narrators who are reliable but, “The Tell-Tale Heart” the unnamed narrator is insane and has a mental disease and there are many reasons why he is insane with evidence to prove it. He claims that he is not mad but he is very nervous. Even though he tries to convince that he is very careful on murdering the old man. A reliable narrator would not be pressed to justify his act, but only to tell it simply and without embellishment. We can clearly see that the narrator is an obsessed man of active senses, the narrator is not mad, we say he’s extremely a clever man is suffers from a mental disease.
Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not?” (Poe 696-697). The narrator begins to become immune to the feeling of guilt, yet a new cat that resembles Pluto is the delusional form of guilt that lingers around the narrator which drives him insane. After discovering Pluto’s double, which he believes is Pluto itself, he tries to get rid of it with an axe and fails. As a result to his fury against this defenseless animal, he ends up murdering his wife with the axe, and rather than finding a solution, he hides her away knowing it is an unlawful
Furthermore, the Misfit does not have any sympathy or regret for those he murders and simply forgets his wrongdoings. While speaking to the grandmother the Misfit reveals that “‘[he] can do one thing or [...] another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later [he is] going to forget what [he had done] and just be punished for it.’”(O’Connor 25). The Misfit’s inability to understand the purpose of consequences reveals his insanity. His psychological issues are a key factor that institutes his horrific actions. The Misfit’s lack of psychological help contributes to the decay of his morality because with an unstable mind he is unable to grasp moral values whatsoever.
This quote suggests the special influence Bartleby possesses; the mark he makes on a mere man of the same species, and on of a sound mind. And the lawyer even states, "... ... middle of paper ... ... "I would prefer not to, but I am not particular" was his ambiguous reply. The narrator did beyond what most good-hearted people would have done for Bartleby, and finally, he sadly concluded, "I think he is a little deranged." Humanity no doubt affected both Bartleby and the narrator. In those dead letters Bartleby handled, he must have seen humanity and inhumanity alike.
And it is also because of his sin of pride that to him the sins of the others against him seem so bad while his own sins are not that strong in his eyes. This is why I think King Lear is not a man more sinnes against than sinning.
Lord Henry Wotton is an aristocrat who, in the beginning, is quickly branded as a cynical, witty man. The readers perceive Lord Henry Wotton as brilliant, when in reality; all this philosophies contradict each other, and this is noted in the book when he is called “Prince Paradox” (199). His words influence everyone who is unlucky enough to hear them; and he knows this. He “likes peoples better than principles” (11) and he understands the psychology of the human brain and has become a connoisseur in distinguishing the thoughts and words of people. Although Lord Henry isn’t necessarily an evil person, he is a depraved human being who “adores simple pleasures” (30) and classifies hedonism as more important than anything else.
His conscience makes him feel so bad that he wants to try to make up for his mistakes, but in the end he is still too tempted by the bad to abandon his altern... ... middle of paper ... ...is weakness to the evil because he can’t stop his acts, unless he goes that as far as to commit suicide. Gene also feels guilt, when Phineas dies he believes that he has also died with him and will never be the same again. Unfortunately neither one completely and whole heartedly repents or changes their actions allowing the reader to decide whether they ever are really worthy of receiving any forgiveness. In summary both Jekyll and Gene are in acknowledgment of their injustices and yet each still commit their crime making them guilty. In the world today a child cannot be put in prison for a crime.
Though the narrator of The Tale Heart can be argued as clinically insane, but if we take what he saying as truth because we have no reason not to, we would see that the narrator had no hatred for his victims. He even said in the opening "Passion there was none. I loved the old man"(Poe 1843). So it 's obviously he loved the old man but it was the eye that drove him to murder. Unlike in The Cask of Amontillado" where it 's quite clear he 's had a seeded hatred of Fortunado.
Iago has a wonderful reputation, but no true honor. He is a monster who really could not care about his honor. In Act II, Othello says "Iago is most honest" (2.3, p. 41, line 7). Also in that same scene Cassio calls Iago "honest Iago" (2.3, p. 52, line 335). These two quotes show that Iago's reputation is quite good.
But once the wrong is done a man can turn his back on folly, misfortune too” (Antigone-lines 1132-1134). All human beings hate being wrong, that is a fact, but it takes a lot for someone to realize and admit it. A lot pride can make one seem very ignorant, even though it may not be intentional. The prophet also told Creon how pride is a crime, but that apparently offended Creon because his response was “ No, Reverend old Tiresias, all men fall, it’s only human, but the wisest fall obscenely when they glorify obscene advice with rhetoric all for their own Gain” (Antigone- lines 1158-1161). Creon had numerous opportunities to realize he had too much pride, and that his pride was hurting himself and others, but he was too blind t... ... middle of paper ... ...lines 1445-1446).