There are many examples of cruelty in literary works. Literary works such as plays, novels, films, short stories, and poetry. One may believe that cruelty is a way of life. Cruelty is included in great works of literature such as The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, Bartleby, The Red Badge of Courage, The Last of the Mohicans, Lottery, Dr. Heidigger’s Experiment, Redburn, Angel of Death, Gold Bug, The Tell-tale Heart, and Night. The following is an explanation of the cruelty and the result of it.
In the Last of the Mohicans, there are many acts of cruelty displayed. For example, The bad Huron Indian Magma makes the English troops walk right into a war party trap. As a result of this action, The English troops fought every Indian in the war party, but three Mohicans killed most of the Huron. Another example would be when Monroe won’t let the militia go back to the frontier to defend their families. As a result, Nathaniel helped the people who wanted to leave, escape. Another example would be when the Huron Indians killed Uncas. In turn, Alice threw herself off a cliff because she loved him so much. Another example would be when the French told the Huron not to attack the American troops again. As a result, the Huron attack the American troops anyway. Theses various counts of cruelty show that the Huron Indians are a cruel people.
In The Red Badge of Courage there also are many acts of cruelty displayed. For example, Henry runs away from battle. In turn, Jim and the rest of the company got wounded and some died. Another example would be when the red coats attacked the Americans. As a result, Henry ran away again. Another example would be when the generals were laughing about the win. In turn, Henry overheard them and thought he was celebrating about something he didn’t help in and was treating the entire war as a game. Another example would be War itself. As a result, Henry gets war fever and runs in front of the line, in a suicide attempt. Another example would be when Henry was asking for help from a running solider, the solider hit Henry with the butt of his rifle. In turn, Henry was knocked out and left for dead. Unlike the Huron, the red coats and their own men are the cruel ones. One of the solider on his side actually strikes Henry, which knocks him out. This movie also illustrates cruelty from a 3rd party, the generals are not involved directly yet cause cruelty.
In Bartleby, there are many occurrences of cruelty. For example, Bartleby wouldn’t leave the office. As a result, many people get mad. Another example would be when Bartleby’s old boss moved out of the office. In turn, the new owner came back to his old boss and said get rid of him. Another example would be when Bartlteby is told to leave the office again. As a result, he refuses to leave and is thrown in jail. Another example would be when no one in society understands Bartleby. In turn, he is thrown in jail to die. Another example would be while he is in jail the food man asked him if he wanted to eat. As a result, Bartleby said, «I prefer not to,» and starves to death. Bartleby was trying to survive when society came into his life, which cause him to get put in jail. For the sole reason that they didn’t understand him.
In the Lottery there are many examples of cruelty. For example, the town made each male of the family pull a ballot out of the box. In turn, whoever had the ballot with the black dot was the selected family. Then the lottery decided which family member was to die. Another example would be when the town required every family to draw from the lottery to decide who was to be sacrificed. As a result, the town’s people killed Tessy. The town as a whole committed this cruelty simple because they thought that it would help their harvest. Which shows how barbaric the town’s people actually are.
In Dr. Heidigger’s Experiment there is an example of cruelty. The act of cruelty is Dr. Heidigger offers them water from the fountain of youth. In turn, all four people went back to their old and cruel ways. By offering them the water from the fountain of youth Dr. Heidigger is being cruel towards the four. Since they didn’t know any better.
In the poem Angel of Death by SLAYER there are many events of cruelty described from the holocaust. For example, Auchwitz is where all the Jews that were unsuitable for working. As a result, they used showers that were airtight to trick the Jews into going into the shower, but instead of water they spurted poisonous gas. Another example would be when the Jews were treated as if they were cattle. In turn, they were stripped out of their life’s worth.
Another example would be when the Nazi preformed tests on the Jews to test the limits of a human. As a result, they preformed surgery with no anesthesia. Another example would be when the Nazis strapped down the Jews while they screamed out to die. In turn, the Nazis were the «Infamous Butcher of Death.» Another example would be when the Nazis killed many Jews. As a result, the Nazis buried them in millions laid out in their crowded tombs. This poem shows that the Nazi’s committed various types of cruelty.
In Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe there is an example of cruelty. This cruelty happens when the bug bites Jonathan. In turn, Jonathan is changed to gold. By Jonathan aggravating the gold bug, it bites him and he is slowly turned into gold.
In The Telltale Heart also by Edgar Allan Poe there are many occurrences of cruelty. For example, when he kills the guy. As a result, of this murder he buries him in the floor under the floorboards. Also In turn, the heart of the dead man starts to beat from under the floorboards. Another example would be when he hears the beating that is actually not there. As a result, he is driven crazy from the beating in his head. In turn of becoming crazy he confesses. The short story shows how cruelty can cause excess amounts of guilt. My committing the murder he becomes so guilty that he starts hearing the dead man’s heart beat. In actuality he is actually hearing a noise derived from his mind.
In Redburn by Herman Melville there are some acts of cruelty. For example, there are people in a vault in the ground dying. In turn the people in the vault die. Another example would be when he gets them bread to help them but in actuality he is just extending their miserable lives. As a result, they die the next day. These short stories showed two different types of cruelty. One being, cruelty from aggravation and the other is the one cause through guilt.
In Night by Elie Wiesel there are many examples of cruelty. For example, the Nazis came to the Wiesel’s house door. In turn, they were told to get all the valuables you can carry. Another example would be they were forced to live in a ghetto just on the basis that they were Jewish. As a result, they eventually moved to the trains. Another example would be when the Nazis forced them into cattle cars for transportation. In turn, the trains were on route to Auschwitz. Another example would be when they were taken off the train and were forced to be inspected for working ability. As a result, the older boys and young men were sent to work camps. This novel shows many similar types of cruelty committed by the Nazi’s as shown in the poem «Angel of Death.»
In Arthur Miller’s Crucible there are many examples of cruelty. For example Parris was questioning Tituba and hitting her because he thought she was lying. In turn, Hale and Parris come to the conclusion that she must be a witch. Another example of cruelty would be when Abigail stabs herself with the pin. As a result, Elizabeth Proctor is accused of being a witch. Another example would be when the girls pretended to be attacked by spirit. In turn, many people were accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death. Another example would be that suspected witches could be forgiven if the accuse others of consorting with the devil. As a result, most people got set free by accusing people and Mr. Putnam accused others just so he could by the foreclosed properties of his neighbors. Another example would be that the crucible is a test that boils over on to the town of Salem. This novel shows many types of cruelty including guilt and jealousy.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter there are many acts of cruelty. For example, Hester committed adultery with Dimmesdale. In turn, Hester got pregnant and was caught red-handed and was forced to wear an «A» on her chest. Another example would be how Dimmesdale felt bad about having committed adultery and carves an «A» on his chest using only a piece of glass. As a result, Dimmesdale’s «A» got infected and he was slowly dying for the physical and emotional pain. Another example would be that Pearl has no father figure. In turn, Dimmesdales finally confesses. Another example would be that Hester has no husband to father her child. As a result, Dimmesdale confesses to committing adultery with Hester. This in turn gives Pearl the father she never had. This novel shows many types of cruelty also including adultery and perjury.
Inclusion, cruelty has been in all forms of literature. This paper has shown many types of cruelty, but all cruelty boils down to one basic emotion, hate. Hate is what all cruelty is based through; every example in this paper can be linked to hate. The Nazi’s hated the Jews, the Huron hated the Americans, and the French hated the American. All the cruelty in literature and in the world is derived from hate.