Saturday, October 31, 2009

“All Hallows Night” - Short Story Irony

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“All Hallows Night” - Short Story Irony
By
Gregory V. Bouware
Community College of Philadelphia
Group 179 - Short Story Irony 9.25.96
1996 Story Group Class
English Reading Writing BR - 46 Mr. Tomasco,
Writing On Short Story and Irony - Aggregate Text
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“The Cask of Amontillado”
Edgar Allen Poe

A sacrificial victim, Fortunato ruined the Montresor Family.

The Cask of Amontillado, Demonstrates the use of Irony with the seeking of Revenge while unbeknownst to the victim. Smiling in his face, with the thought of his Immolation. While planning his death; to kill or destroy him; a sacrificial victim.

Fortunato ruined the Montresor Family. The surviving family member sought vengeance.

Montresor suckered Fortunato with the tasting of a rare wine. The boasting of wine tasting expertise played upon his ego. Fortunato met his fate in the tombs of the family crypt. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.

What Goes Around, Comes Around.

11/25/96
GregoryV.Boulware
Revised: 5/23/02
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“The Necklace”
Guy De Maupassant

The central theme suggested that Matilda felt that she was born out of place.

She desperately wanted to be what she could not, a wealthy Socialite. Her selfishness and vanity caused great hardship on her life and that of her poor husband. When she lost a borrowed necklace, a necklace that she believed to be very valuable; without the permission or the knowledge of the owner; reality shock caused her to feel as if her blood ran cold.

You are who you are, and you should not be otherwise.

11/25/96
GregoryV.Boulware
Revised: 5/23/02
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“MACBETH”
William Shakespeare

"MacBeth and His Lady went MAD!"
The short Story Irony led by Mantieth, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, and the true King of Scotland. The revenge of the murders caused by MacBeth and his Lady.

In the evil dominated atmosphere, three witches, being bored, conceived the notion to use someone to entertain them. Mischief was the notion; MacBeth came to be chosen. Along with his nag of a wife, the witches put forth the notion of his greatness by way of death.

His wife plotted the murder of Duncan, king of Scotland. Lady MacBeth would do anything to gain the throne, even commit murder. MacBeth is also guilty. He wanted power over men. He stood by and allowed his wife to carry out her plot for ambitions sake. On the Battlefield, he was great and victorious.

MacBeth, now being King, with the intention of keeping it that way, had Banquo murdered by assassins. Fleance, and his son, escaped. MacBeth hired assassins to murder them. He normally despised men hired for killing.

His evil demeanor had no bounds once he acquires the throne of Scotland. MacDuff, being the one to openly question MacBeth, is also targeted for murder. He poses a threat to the truth of Duncan’s death.

MacDuff’s family is murdered while in the care of MacBeth. Malcolm, a soldier, brother to Donalbain, both sons to King Duncan, true heir to the throne is careful in trusting MacDuff. He fears MacDuff is loyal to MacBeth.

It has been reported that the brothers were bribed and suspected of killing their father as being the reason for their flight, Donalbain to Ireland and Malcolm to England. After Duncan’s death and funeral, MacBeth was crowned King of Scotland and Lady MacBeth as Queen. The coronation took place at the royal palace. Obviously the party was unattended by Donalbain, and Malcolm.

In attendance were attendants to the king and queen, Lennox and Ross, and noblemen.

They were high lords of the realm as were many others who were in attendance to the banquet at Inverness Castle. Several ghosts were also in attendance to the affair. Hectate, an elder of witches, scolded the three for their deed of mischief without consulting her. She was not in agreement with their choice of MacBeth. She ordered them to make things right. They did as they were told.

They cast another spell, and the four of them celebrated around a fired black caldron of witches brew, chanting in unison, “Something Wicked This Way Comes!” MacBeth and his lady were being haunted in their dreams constantly.

The king was hounded not only in his sleep but while he was awake, drunk or sober. The major message in the haunting was a constant warning, “Beware MacBeth, Beware MacDuff!” In England, Malcolm and MacDuff planned revenge against MacBeth.

He could have gained the throne thru his valor alone. Duncan, the king, was old and on his way out. I believe that he had more faith in MacBeth than his own two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain.

The act of Duncan’s murder was heinous. Lady MacBeth not only poisoned him, but also stabbed him with the daggers of his bedroom guards. Not to mention, the Dagger of the Mind.

MacBeth killed them both, innocent men. MacDuff, another soldier of the king, is the first to ponder MacBeth’s guilt in the King’s murder. He later becomes nemesis to MacBeth. MacDuff suspects Lady MacBeth as well. Banquo was with MacBeth when the witches interviewed him; knowing of the Prophecy, he immediately knows that MacBeth is responsible for the King’s death. Banquo also fears for his life and the life of his son, Fleance.

The Prophecy had come to light and MacBeth would probably kill him for being Witness.

MacBeth would kill his son for being prophesized to rule Scotland. MacBeth did not want the throne to belong to anyone but he and his Bloodline. His bloodline would never rule for the prophecy told of Banquo’s descendents being future rulers.

At the field near MacBeth’s castle in Donsinance, Malcolm, MacDuff, and a soldier called Siward and Battle men of England approached. They carried battle arms, flags, drums, and branches from trees and shrubbery. From within the castle walls, in the distance, a woman screamed! The report was that Lady MacBeth was dead. The report came from the castle of Seyton, a soldier in service to MacBeth.

The report also entailed a trick to the eye. They believed that they saw the Forrest moving! “There is Movement In The Wood!” Suddenly, the tower guards spotted a showing of arms and war power.

The battle bell rang! A Nobleman’s Army, lead by Mantieth, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, and the true King of Scotland. The revenge of the murders caused by MacBeth and his Lady, the spell cast by the coven of witches, came to pass with the battles end. Decapitation was MacBeth’s end.


His lady’s fate was off the top of the castle’s battlement walls. Malcolm, the king of Scotland thought out loud as he viewed the impaled bodies on the battlefield; MacBeth’s head was mounted in the forefront, “I Wish That Our Missing Friends Were Here, Safe and Sound."

11/18/96
GregoryV.Boulware
Revised 6/1/02
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“The Speckled Band”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Madam Stoner needed help. She sought the services of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson. She explained the dilemma that faced the family home. Her sister was ill and she could not ascertain the cause. Death walked the halls of Stoner Abbey. Madam Stoner’s sister succumbed to her illness.

Sherlock Holmes would solve Madam Stoner’s dilemma.

Sherlock Holmes noticed everything Holmes’ talent of observation and firm belief in leaving nothing to notice was shared with his brother Microft. The same talent of keen observation and awareness appeared to run within the Holmes family bloodline.

The mystery and suspense in this story was written with a masterful technique Mr. Doyle’s use of arousing the curiosity of the reader was tastefully done.

He started the telling of the story with Dr. Watson glancing over his notes, reliving the events that took place in past adventures. Sir Doyle caught one’s curiosity with the reader wondering how Holmes would solve Madam Stoner’s dilemma.

Sherlock Holmes noticed the ticket stub from the train, mud splattered on her jacket, and the terror on Madam Stoner’s face. While reading the story, I made an attempt at deciphering the reason for the sister’s death.

I questioned the Coroners Report. I questioned the strangeness in the reason for Dr. Rayloft’s, Madam Stoners’ stepfather, possession of a Cheetah and a Baboon, and the Dog Leash with a loop at the end of it, hanging on the end of his bed. I questioned the new construction work, the Ventilation and the Bell Cord, hanging from the ceiling, next to the head of the bed. When I thought back over the events surrounding Madam Stoner’s sister’s death, I wondered, A Speckled Band? The design of a speckled band appears on one animal that comes to my mind,

A Snake. In my minds eye I saw the ventilation shaft, the bell cord, and stationary bed that was bolted to the floor Madam Stoners sister pointed toward the room of Dr. Rayloft; with her dying movements and attempted statement, after collapsing with convulsions. I arrived at the conclusion of Snake Bite, with the symptomatic collapse and convulsive reaction indicative of such an attack.

11/25/96
GregoryV.Boulware
Revised 5/26/02
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“The Tell Tale Heart”
Edgar Allen Poe

A knock came upon the door…two men, plainly dressed in tie and coat, accompanied by two in uniform appeared. My eye peered at them through the semi-opened door. I opened it just a crack, as I did not wish for them to hear the pounding beneath the floor.

The pounding noise would not stop. I had to find a way to make it stop. Don’t you understand? It had to stop. It began to pound loudly. It was too loud…very loud! Do you not hear it? It’s driving me mad, mad I tell you. Through the crack in the floor the orb peered out.

“It was fixated upon me! It glared at me all the time. I could not look on it any longer…I had to make it go away, even if I had to pluck it out of head of the old man while he sat in the rocking chair.” “That is why I had to put him and that vultures eye under the floor.” “It wasn’t his fault that the evil eye stared at me.” “It would not be able to gaze on me if it was under the floor.”


“The money-box was hidden under the floor. He knew that I’d find it.” “He would not give the box to me even if I’d asked for it.”

Readers can visualize the gruesomeness of the Pale Blue Orb, described as a “Vultures Eye”; ”The Evil Eye”, when I first read the story, some time ago, I could not put the book down until I’d finished reading it .I wanted desperately to know what he was going to do next, in his frenzied dismemberment of the old man’s body. I wanted to know how he; the perpetrator; was going to dispose of it and the heart that he heard beating beneath the floor. I also wanted to know how this vile individual was going to make an attempt at escape; paying the price for taking the life of an innocent man.

Poe’s attention to detail, heighten the reader’s suspense Poe enticed the reader with his methodical descriptions of how he was going to cure himself of this menace that haunted him.

Explaining the attackers reasons for not wanting to harm the old man. The chronicled planning of how he was going to end his misery. His self-convincing arguments for doing away with the horrible thing that had to be destroyed. Poe uses various similes to illustrate familiarity with objects that horrify the soul. He uses phrases such as – “My Blood Ran Cold”, “Black’s Pitch”, “The Thick Darkness”, and “Death Is Approaching.”

He also kept the reader in check with Italic Print, the use of words stated more than once. E x., “I Moved It Slowly…Very, Very, Slowly”; “It was Open, Wide, Wide, Open.” “I had to put an end to it…I had to put it out!”

While reading the story, you can see, hear, and feel the very essence of the room in which the madness took place.

The reader can almost hear the beating of the old mans heart with the descriptive writing of Poe.

11/25/96
Gregory V. Boulware
Revised: 5/25/02
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”Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”
Ambrose Bierce

Peyton Farguhar was just plain stupid. He was not a soldier nor was he involved in the activities of the war. He was a civilian southern plantation owner with a family and the owner of slaves.

Peyton was a secessionist who wanted to be a soldier. He wanted to strike a blow for the sovereign states.

Farguhar suckered himself into involvement by acting on an opportunity to fulfill his wish.

“I’ll Blow Up The Bridge!” He was warned not to take action on his own by participants of the horrible conflict. After his capture and sentencing, he dreamed of home and family like so many Black slaves once did, with his neck in a noose.

The bridge was intended for destruction, stood over Owl Creek, bearing the plank that beard the weight of the doomed believer of the confederacy. Peyton Farguhar wished that he’d remained at home.

11/25/96
GregoryV.Boulware
Revised: 5/31/02
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“Dante’s Inferno”
I thru XXXIV (1 thru 34)
Translations by 20 Contemporary Poets
“The Three Souls Consumed by Satan
"Paradise Lost"
DANTE ALIGARI (1265-1321)

Dante Aligari wrote and completed the Divine Comedy, Dante’s Inferno in the year 1314. It told of his Trek through the Netherworld. There existed three kingdoms in Dante’s explanation of Hell.

#1 is The Inferno

#2 is Purgatory; middle kingdom of light and dark.

#3 is Paradise; the third world, Heaven; the Light. In his travels, he saw and met many things and people.

He met Kings, Queens, Princes, Dukes and the like. He met people rich and poor, people he knew and didn’t know. He met people from the past, some of which had long since been dead.

He also met Sinners from the future and present. He met all sorts of Devils in the multitude of Realms of the Damned. The Cantos I thru XXXVI tell of his pilgrimage from beginning to end, in the book of Twenty Contemporary Poets. A Canto is a song, a poem, one of the major divisions of a long poem. Towards the end of his journey, he came to cross the Supreme Ruler of Hades, LUCIFER.

The king of Hell was a giant among giants. The owner of the Souls of Sinners, Supreme Ruler of the Damned, displayed three faces. In each mouth of one of the faces showed teeth anointed in blood; blood so thick and ample, it dripped of foam.

In one mouth a head was being chewed, the body hanged while arms and legs flailed. The other two held the bodies, each, of sinners.

The first sinner, whose head being first consumed, was that of Judas Iscariot.

He betrayed Jesus of Nazareth. The second sinner along with the third plotted and murdered Gaius Julius Caesar. They were Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus.


11/18/96
Gregory V. Boulware
Revised: 10.30.9
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