Virtue and vengeance are two of the strongest influences on human actions, but it is clear to see, through Shakespeare’s work, that vengeance is the strongest. Without the desire for revenge, The Tempest would never have begun. Humans cannot resist the urge to avenge
The single most destructive force in this world is revenge. An immense amount of wars, murders, division, and hatred is due to the evil that is revenge. There are many famous forms of literature that discuss revenge. One is “Of Revenge” by Sir Francis Bacon. In this essay Bacon explains the evil of revenge and why it shouldn’t be taken. Also, down-playing revenge, Robert Kennedy gave a speech called “A Eulogy for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Immediately following the death of Dr. King, Kennedy pleads with the African American community and America to forgive this offense instead of taking revenge for King’s murder. The final piece of media that discusses revenge does it in a different manor. Edgar Allen Poe writes about revenge in a short story called “The Cask of Amontillado.” The plot of this story is that of a man named Montresor desperately seeks revenge upon a colleague and eventually murders him by trapping him in catacombs deep underground. No matter what the circumstances, revenge should never be taken because men become controlled and destroyed by revenge, and revenge creates division among people.
The theme of Revenge has been utilized in numerous works of art throughout history, including books, plays, movies, etc. Revenge is the result of one’s desire for vengeance, however, revenge is known to be implied under high emotions of anger thus not with reason concluding with a horrible outcome. Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ is no doubt a play about a tragedy caused by revenge; Prince Hamlet’s retribution for his father, King Hamlet’s murder and Laertes vengeance for his father, Polonius’ murder. The theme of revenge in Hamlet is portrayed through various literary techniques such as foreshadowing and irony.
Vengeance in The Scarlet Letter Vengeance is the act of recovering justice by forcing the opposing individual to endure same punishment or exceed a far more harsh consequence than the victim. People often try to obtain revenge upon others for the wrong reasons due to fact that they believe the
Edgar Allan Poe believed that alcohol could end and destroy one's life. He conveyed this belief throughout Hop Frog, and Cask of Amontillado. In Poe’s story Hop Frog, a self righteous king coerced a jester to drink knowing he was especially not fond of alcohol. The king himself was intoxicated, and had performed his actions solely for his amusement and attention from his consol of ministers. Hop Frog became tremendously irritated. His irritation had brought great iniquitous actions,
“Hop-Frog”, written by Edgar Allan Poe, displays the mood of resentment. The first example of this is shown when the story says, “Hop-Frog … had been forcibly carried off from their respective homes in adjoining provinces, and sent as presents to the king, by one of his ever-victorious generals” (2). This passage is important to the mood because it shows us the first event that caused resentment within Hop-Frog. Being carried off away from your home to go serve a foreign and distant king is very hard to deal with and most likely caused anger within Hop-Frog. Another example can be seen when the story says, “They are a great king and his seven privy counselors, -- a king who does not scruple to strike a defenseless girl and his seven counselors
To analyze Poe’s characterization of class differences and power struggle, we may look at the Masque of the Red Death. In this story, the Prince Prospero and his wealthy friends are shown as wicked in their utter disregard for the common man dying outside their gates. The idea of the upper class being evil and ignorant is seen again in the line, “The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think” (Poe, 269). Here, as in Hop Frog, there is the underlying idea that the rich and powerful are often evil and ignorant but must eventually reap their just rewards. Surprisingly, even though Poe utilized information and understood the popular taste, he did not have incredible success in real life against his own rich and powerful adversaries. His writing may have been a venting apparatus for his own frustrations with those who were in positions of power; namely his father and wealthy capitalists unwilling to provide him with
Revenge is a common focal point in many short stories. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Utterly Perfect Murder” by Ray Bradbury are two that come to mind when revenge is mentioned. The two have many similar characteristics that make the concepts they represent difficult to distinguish. While these two stories have many similarities, such as first person narration and a theme of revenge, they are also overrun with differences.
Hop-Frog strategizes his plan of letting the king and his ministers to play “ourang-outangs” with the purpose of degrading the supremacy trait of the king and the ministers. In the beginning of the story, the king and his ministers demean Hop-Frog deformities, as well as physically humiliate him and Trippetta. The ultimate scheme that Poe desires to express is if the king and the ministers have the right to humiliate Hop-Frog, then Hop-Frog has the right to exact revenge by doing the same thing. Hop-Frog represents an audacious individual that would disregard blockades in order to resist the destabilized authoritative system.
In the story Hop Frog, Hop Frog’s actions are justified because of the king’s cruel humor, his treatment of Trippetta as well as Hop Frog, and how he makes Hop Frog drink even though he is aware it makes him go mad. First off, he treats Hop Frog like dirt. He is the one who gives him the nickname Hop Frog due to his gait and the awkward way he walks. The nickname is used so much that they forget his real name. Also when the king talks to Hop Frog he is always condescending, making statements such as, “‘Come, come,’ said the king, impatiently, ‘have you nothing to suggest?’” (Poe 3). This is just one occasion where the king demands too much from Hop Frog, setting him up for failure just so he can make a joke of the dwarf. His treatment of Hop
Is the desire for revenge a basic component of human nature? The highly awarded movie The Revenant is an epic story of Hugh Glass’s mission to seek revenge on those who had wronged him. The movie teaches many important life lessons, but they differ significantly in comparison to the book it's based on. Not only does the story teach important lessons, it is a notable legend in American folklore. The motion picture rendition of Michael Punke’s book The Revenant changes the meaning of the book because despite the similarities in the characters and the initial storyline the ending scene redefines the book.
I believe that in the story of “The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs,” by Edgar A. Poe, Hop-Frog is justified in his act. Hop-Frog is justified by his act because of the way the king treated him and how he got his payback. The king treats Hop-Frog in an astonishingly
In the folktale, “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain is a mid 18th century story of a man traveling to the East for a friend, in search of another. The narrator ran into a man named Simon Wheeler at a bar and the man told him a story of a guy name Jim Smiley. Jim Smiley was a good guy, but he also liked to make bets. Smiley had never lost a bet before and got used to winning, until he stepped up to the wrong person. One thing is to lose fairly and worse is when you lose to cheating. The author included extraordinary amount of figurative language throughout the story, which creates a wild-western setting.
Many people in today's world use revenge to satisfy their troubles or situations they are in. Often times people desire revenge so bad that it ends up driving them crazy. In the short story, ¨The Cask of Amontillado¨ by Edgar Allan Poe, this situation is displayed perfectly. A character by the name Fortunato triggered Montresor, which resulted in him developing a deeply thought out murder plan. This is why the theme, revenge can drive a person crazy, fits with this short story. This theme works because the author shows it through foreshadowing, verbal irony, and indirect characterization.
“Hop-Frog” is a captivating short story of a joker who learns to deal with his problems, one way or another. Edgar Allan Poe draws you in with the tale of Hop-Frog and his encounters with the king and his royal council. With the help of his good friend Trippetta,