Essay on Revenge, Insanity, Murder & Poe
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Ending in death most foul, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” feature revenge and a painstaking cruelty. Pushed to the point of insanity and retribution sought over trivialities, the narrators tell each story by their own personal account. The delivery of their confessions gives a chilling depth to the crimes they have committed and to the men themselves. Both men are motivated by their egos and their obsessions with their offenders. Prompted by their own delusions, each man seeks a violent vengeance against his opposition in the form of precise, premeditated homicide.
Carefully, cautiously the Montresor plotted precisely how he would exact revenge upon Fortunato. Much time and great energy was devoted to this…show more content…
Rather it is the old man’s that is so unsettling. Any time the eye looked upon him his. It is that eye by which he is consumed and that eye that sends him into madness. It pushes him to wish to never have to look upon, or be looked upon by, that eye again. His solution, in what seems a rational choice to him, is to kill the old man. With a similar precision as the Montresor took in “The Cask of Amontillado”, the man in “The Tell-Tale Heart” has devoted himself to the perfect method to dispatch the old man.
The point of view each story is told from is a key factor to the unfolding of the events. Had they been told by an outside party rather than first hand from the men who committed the crimes, the depth of their insanity may not have been revealed. Recounted with a harsh callousness, Montresor never pauses or hesitates in his retelling. He speaks with an unnerving smoothness as if he were speaking of something far more innocuous than murder. Just the same, he would allow for no distraction from his plan. His cool manner lends itself to an eerie glimpse of his personality. No real regret is ascertainable, save for the very end when the Montresor tells us that his. The narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, however, confesses his crime with an edgy nervousness. His story is choppy and disruptive. His madness has a stronger sense of urgency. His remorse for the loss of the old man can be
Certainly, Claudius deserves some significant punishment for the murder he committed. It's bad enough that he murders someone, but the fact that he murders his brother, and so dishonorably (while his victim sleeps), and before old King Hamlet has had a chance to confess and atone for his sins (so that he must go to Purgatory—not a fun place). Does this justify Prince Hamlet's revenge? It is unlikely that Claudius would be caught and punished,...
Certainly, Claudius deserves some significant punishment for the murder he committed. It's bad enough that he murders someone, but the fact that he murders his brother, and so dishonorably (while his victim sleeps), and before old King Hamlet has had a chance to confess and atone for his sins (so that he must go to Purgatory—not a fun place). Does this justify Prince Hamlet's revenge? It is unlikely that Claudius would be caught and punished, and so it one might argue that it is just for someone to punish him.
However, according to Hamlet's religious beliefs, Claudius will be punished for his sins by God after death; his afterlife will not be a picnic, and it will be forever. According to these beliefs, it isn't really Hamlet's place to judge and punish his uncle. Then, when you consider how very many people die as a result of Hamlet's revenge—Polonius, Ophelia, Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, his mother—it seems not only unnecessary and sacrilegious but so terribly destructive and even irresponsible.