Insults often serve as a catalyst for revenge. Yet, revenge never comes without consequences. These consequences can stay in a person’s subconscious for the remainder of their life. Through the clever short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor suffers from being insulted, seeking revenge and living with guilt. Montresor is unsuccessful in punishing Fortunato with impunity.
Humans all experience insanity in some way, some humans know how to hide these feelings, however everyone has to break out one day. We can also be driven insane by the pet peeves we carry. The photograph Freaked out by Marc relates to the story “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, by conveying the feeling of insanity. The insanity of the man in the photograph is relevant to the insanity of the narrator in the story. The photograph and the story mainly focus on the theme insanity, which comes from within a person. The physical appearance of the man in the photo express the emotion of the man in the story while the contrasting colors in the image are reflected to the narrator’s actions towards his irritation. The overall emotion extracted from the picture relates to the story “The Tell-Tale Heart” because the placement of the man’s hands on his face, the contrasting of colors, and the man’s insane facial expression relate directly to the mood of the narrator in the story.
The more standard categorizations of insanity, especially as described by Macniven, can be reconciled with this view. Macniven specifically attributes to manic-depressive psychosis a tenden...
Defining the Neurobiology of Insanity: Law, Science, and the I-function Reconciled
During the last week or so of class, after a semester of being teased with glimpses of, allusions to, and deferred explanations for the I-function, we at last came face to face with this previously elusive property of the nervous system which allows us to experience experience. The detour was necessary, for it corrected the general misconception that something like an I-function encompasses everything that makes one an individual and defines one's unique personality; it demonstrated the true importance of "the rest" of the nervous system. Indeed, we were shown how the I-function is, in some ways, superfluous, in that it is not necessary for survival. Not to downplay it, however, the I-function is key to understanding what makes us (human beings) what we are, to distinguishing our experience of the world from that of other species. It allows us to conceive of ourselves (our selves) as objects and to perform such behaviors as planning, dreaming, in short, imagining ourselves in situations other than the one in which we 'really' are.
“madness”, in some one of its meanings, has not at one time or another come dreadfully
Through the use of insanity as a metaphor, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, William Blake, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, introduced us to characters and stories that illustrate the path to insanity from the creation of a weakened psychological state that renders the victim susceptible to bouts of madness, the internalization of stimuli that has permeated the human psyche resulting in the chasm between rational and irrational thought, and the consequences of the effects of the psychological stress of external stimuli demonstrated through the actions of their characters.
“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, with an obsession you keep coming back to the same question and never receive an answer.” Ones guilt and obsessions can turn a normal human into an abnormal madman. The two short stories “The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl” by Ray Bradbury, and “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe are two different pieces of text that share the same content such as theme, characters, and setting. “The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl” is a story that describes how possibly a man can turn obsessed by killing another man in revenge and freak out about where he has left his last finger prints. Where “The Tell Tale Heart” is a short story that explains to the readers how much guilt can eat ones mind alive and make them confess the truth. Both these stories relate when it comes to murder and madness and also similar in content. The next few paragraphs will explain how obsessions and guilt are the two main reasons that drive normal humans into crazy psychopaths, which also leads to the theme “Madness”. Also analyzing the text to find similar content between both stories such as setting, theme and characters.
What is madness? Is madness a brain disorder or a chemical imbalance? On the other hand, is it an expressed behavior that is far different from what society would believe is "normal"? Lawrence Durrell addresses these questions when he explores society's response to madness in his short story pair "Zero and Asylum in the Snow," which resembles the nearly incoherent ramblings of a madman. In these stories, Durrell portrays how sane, or lucid, people cannot grasp and understand the concept of madness. This inability to understand madness leads society to fear behavior that is different from "normal," and subsequently, this fear dictates how they deal with it. These responses include putting a name to what they fear and locking it up in an effort to control it. Underlying all, however, Durrell repeatedly raises the question: who should define what is mad?
In the screenplay “Eighteen Seconds” by Antonin Artaud, we explore the possibility that madness can be forcefully imposed onto a mentally healthy character simply by being repeatedly told that he is. One can still be a well-adjusted individual despite being labelled as mad, but as soon as news of this label has time to fester and spread, that individual’s mental state can be changed to great negative effect. The society and its conformist nature does play a big role in causing madness and the aggravation of it. Interestingly, the society’s maltreatment towards the mentally ill in ways such as insults, shunning and sometimes straight-out physical violence are detrimental to those already mad, but they can be just as effective in pushing a normal
“The Cask of Amontillado” is a dark piece, much like other works of Edgar Allan Poe, and features the classic unreliable narrator, identified by himself only as Montresor. This sinister central character is a cold ruthless killer that is particularly fearsome because he views murder as a necessity and kills without remorse. Montresor is a character who personifies wickedness. Poe uses this character and his morally wrong thoughts and actions to help the reader identify with aspects of the extreme personage, allowing them to examine the less savory aspects of their own. The character of Montresor detailing the glorious murder he committed is a means of communicating to the reader that vengeance and pride are moral motivators that lead to treacherous deeds and dark thoughts.