At the start, it is clear that the eye disturbs the narrator: “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 413). The frightening effect that the eye has on the narrator affects him so much so that he decides to murder the old man in order to get rid of it. This shows his belief that the eye has supernatural powers and demonstrates to what extent he wants to free himself of the eye’s imposing control. Moreover, when the narrator begins stalking the old man in his sleep, he has made a complete distinction between the eye and the old man: “[…] I could see nothing else of the old man’s face or person: for I had directed
Of course when this phrase was used it was just to say that that person was evil, not that they actually let Satan purchase their soul. That would be ridiculous, correct? Well that is exactly what happened in Faust's case. Due to his own flaw of not being satisfied with life itself, he strayed from the Lord and traded his soul for a higher form of entertainment. "Thinking's done with, for ever so long Learning and knowledge have sickened me....Bring on your miracles..." It is tragic when someone feels that they understand so much, or try to ignore so much to the point where they think that they should give their soul away with no fear of eternal damnation.
Frustratingly, Faustus continually remains blind to the destruction his actions cause to himself. He condemns Mephistopheles for his sins, but Faustus called him forth through dark magic. At certain points during the play, Faustus doubts his damnation to the shadowy hell that awaits him once his promised twenty-four years of debauchery have ended. In conversing with Mephistopheles, Faustus claims “Come, I think hell’s a fable” and then, “Why, think’st thou then that Faustus shall be damned?” (Marlowe, Doctor Faustus 2.1.128 & 130) When his sins finally ensnare him so that he cannot deny his fate, Faustus nearly attempts to atone for his foolish ephemeral pursuit of power. His inner conflict pertains to the choices of the past rather than the Evil Angel and Good Angel that had tried to persuade him of the path he should take before.
Likewise in Dr. Faustus written by Christopher Marlowe, Faustus permits the devil to persuade him into seeking an amoral task. Dr. Faustus and Dr. Frankenstein display their corruption and arrogance throughout their respective works that eventually results in tragedy, dooming both characters and proving that obsession with anything results in evil. Both possessing the desire to learn, Faustus and Frankenstein begin researching black magic and anatomy and attempt to become geniuses which eventually becomes their downfall. In his haughty manner, Faustus contemplates the study of a variety of subjects and comes upon the choice between black magic and theology. Reluctantly, he chooses “a world of profit and delight” which promises “power, honor, and omnipotence” (Marlowe 5).
Hamlet and the Devil Hamlet, for reasons of trepidation chooses not to kill Claudius, his nemesis, in the altar room. This fatal procrastination results in the unnecessary deaths of Laertes, Ophelia, Gertrude, and Hamlet himself. This casts a most inauspicious light upon Hamlet, but only if the original premise is true. The obverse side of the argument is that Hamlet, because he desires all those who are in league with Claudius to suffer the same ignominious fate that his father suffers. Thus he delays his revenge in order to intensify the misery of the other characters.
Surrounded by corruption and faithlessness Hamlet peruses an investigation to prove if his father was murdered, and if it was by the hands of his own uncle. Faustus is a depiction of a typical “renaissance man”, a man who could know everything about anything because knowledge was limited.. He is a discontented scholar who turns to magic in order to gain unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures, however blinded by his hubris his procrastination to repent leads to his eternal damnation. Marlowe’s Faustus (Latin for ‘lucky’) is a reworking of the Faust story, a German legend that shares the same story. Hamlet has also been identified to share certain themes and plots (revenge, regicide and madness) with previously written scriptures, one is the Saga of Hrolf Kraki, believed to be Scandinavian, the other ... ... middle of paper ... ... both characters tragic deaths.
This deception is evident soon after when Banquo is concerned about the witches trying “to win us harm. / The instruments of darkness tell us truths /... ... middle of paper ... ...ower illustrate that even at the root of even the noblest man, can lie chaos and terror. In an ironic twist near the end of the play, Macbeth laments life and at the same time provides a perfect description of his own: “It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing” (V. v. 29-31). Although Macbeth has strived to become king, in reality his power was nothing but an illusion, created by his twisted fantasies and the sin residing within him. Works Cited Pilkington, Elaine.
An honourable man is destroyed before our very eyes as “instruments of darkness” deceive him by their warped honesty. Macbeth may have fallen by the supernatural’s malevolence, but he was truly forsaken due to his own selfish ambition to take what was not his. The temptation of words can prompt even the greatest hero to fail. Everyone faces trials such as equivocation; however, if one is willing, one can find the courage to define their identity themselves.
-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (Poe, 303). The narrator questioning his own madness is often proof that the narrator may be unreliable and, most likely, insane. For the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” it is apparent that he is mad due to the highly methodical way he went about killing a man he liked because the man’s eye troubled the narrator. Poe himself may not have killed anyone, but he did struggle with some kind of insanity like the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” In the story “William Wilson,” the narrator is presumably addicted to opium, alcohol, and gambling. The character William Wilson seems to share many traits with Poe himself when it comes to substance abuse and gambling.
The alleged hero of the play is wickedly twisted under the Avon Bard's representation of a vicious young prince who fancies his shameless act of murder to transcend mere revenge, moving towards the barbaric slaughter of an obviously distressed king. While Hamlet is conniving new heinous plots at the instruction of the audacious apparition, Claudius is crying out for "all [to] be well" among "angels" and for a heart as "soft as sinews of the new-born babe" (Ham. 3.3.69-72). The previously evil king thus jilts this notion - he is, at heart, seeking reconciliation and has a dream for a better Denmark. Despite his obvious selfish interests in the kingship, it cannot be overlooked that he maintains a sense of grief and woe for his actions, yet Hamlet sees nothing wrong in his lumbering lust for death.