From symbolic references to Free Mason’s to simple symbolic insinuations, Poe relies on symbolism to build horror throughout his masterpiece by engaging the reader and delivering dread. Poe uses symbolism to discredit Fortunato and symbolize his role as a fool in the story. Poe writes, “The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.” (Poe 1109). Trent Lorcher imparts, “In short, Fortunato is dressed as a fool, a symbolic representation of what he is.” (Lorcher).
However, the powerful simpleton never means harm to his victims or comprehends the complications to George that come from the things he does. His thoughtless manner in which he lives represents those who continue to hurt their loves because they cannot think beyond their own needs. When Candy has his dog killed, it is intentional. In part, he allows this to... ... middle of paper ... ... not display it earlier in the plot, he is the only one "brave" enough to "do the deed" personally. The poem lists several ways in which people hurt those that they love.
The Cask of Amontillado is centered entirely upon revenge and vengeance. This conflict between the narrator and Fortunato explores his past decision to kill a man based on perceived injustices. Poe uses this conflict to explore the difference between Fortunato and Montresor’s character flaws which led to the major conflict, while simultaneously studying how obsession can control the mind. By studying these downfalls , the story darkly shifts from the carnival celebration to death in the catacombs. The story descends to madness much like how the mind does when it deals with strong fixations.
Macbeth’s old honourable self descends to damnation leaving only his hubris highlighted by the threatening tone “yet I will try the last..i throw my warlike shield”. Shakespeare provides to audiences of all time with the life lesson that Man’s inability to control desires will leads to their eventual downfall and damnation. Macbeth further explores how the unchecked passions and greed of Man can corrupt his rational thoughts and actions. This ultimately develops into a loss of moral conscience and rationalism leading to their eventual damnation. Through Macbeth, Shakespeare exposes the flawed nature of Man’s values and audiences’ timeless struggle to find moral highground when corrupted by their desires.
“Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered weak and weary”: one of the most famous, well-known lines of poetry. But why are readers so drawn in by this line? And who is the man behind the creation of this piece of art? Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s literary works have been worldly recognized for their ability to draw in the reader and invoke dark emotions within each reader.
He continuously tells the reader that he is, in fact, sane and has never been more so. The narrators in Poe 's stories are typically not without a flaw that gives the reader a reason to feel pity toward them; they usually have some trait which propels them into being hopeless in situations. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," the protagonist has the flaw of insanity, which leads to his downfall. He admits to the murder after he becomes convinced he hears the dead old man 's heart beating. While the narrator claims he is completely sane, it is due on some level to his awareness he is not.
Shakespeare manipulates the development of main antagonists to validate his view of ambition being evil. Macbeth’s hallucinations symbolize the dangerous aspect of unchecked ambition. In the events preceding King Duncan’s murder, Macbeth sees “A dagger of the mind, a false creation / Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain” that leads him to King Duncan’s room (Shakespeare Act II Scene iii Line 50-51). Macbeth is fearful and guilty of the impending murder, but with his “fatal vision” that is not “sensible / To feeling as to sight”, he musters enough audacity to commit (Act II Scene iii Line 47-48). Macbeth’s ambition prompts him to not only imagine objects, but also to execute crimes out of invitations: “I go, and it is done.
The narrator does not even twitch a muscle when this happens, showing how he has made up his mind about killing the old man. The narrator can relate to the old man’s fear of the night, as the old man lies awake in his bed dreadfully scared of what is concealed in the darkness. A distinct sound of something pounding is heard by the narrator and he perceives this as the heartbeat of the old man. The old man is suddenly attacked, and smothered to death by the narrator who thought that the heartbeat of the old man would attract their neighbor to the premises. There is no evidence of the old man left, as the narrator chops up the old man’s body into pieces that he stashes underneath the planks in the room and carefully makes sure there are no blood stains.
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" is a short story about how a murderer's conscience overtakes him and whether the narrator is insane or if he suffers from over acuteness of the senses. Poe suggests the narrator is insane by the narrator's claims of sanity, the narrator's actions bring out the narrative irony of the story, and the narrator is insane according to the definition of insanity as it applies to "The Tell Tale Heart". First, Poe suggests the narrator is insane by his assertions of sanity. For example, the narrator declares because he planned the murder so expertly he could not be insane. He says, "Now this is the point.
However, these attempts were made futile as the ringing never ceased, ultimately prompting the narrator to admit his crime. The noise could be inferred as the manifestation of the guilt the narrator contains for killing the old man, of who was a kindred spirit and had watched over the former. It could also be said that the noise is the beating of his heart, of which the rate of the heartbeat would increase as he becomes more nervous and anxious. Correspondingly, the husband in The Black Cat has the same problem. In addition to the murder of Pluto, the husband attempted to kill to his second cat, of which did not result in the death of the actual cat, but the wife instead as she moved to protect the pet.