Essay on Death For the Sake of a Ritual

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     The greatest gifts one can give do not always come in small packages. Sometimes the greatest present a person could receive is the utter extinction of a person’s very existence. Through death, we can sometimes benefit even if it evokes mixed deep uncomfortable feelings. Death for the sake of ritual and or tradition is an act that has been practiced throughout history. By today’s standards this seems morbidly disturbing. Death for relief, revenge, and or for the opinionated bettering of society has also occurred as long as recorded history. This cold homicidal act is usually considered psychotically driven even if most everyone, whether secretly or openly, wanted the demise to occur. A death for acceptance, …show more content…
     Fortunato’s gift of death in Edgar Allen Poe’s gruesome tale “The Cask Of Amontillado” is intended for all those individuals who had suffered through Fortunato’s taunting, bragging, and arrogance. Although Fortunato is completely unaware of his impending doom, we find that in the mind of a person like Montresor, who has been driven over the preverbal edge, Fortunato’s death is a psychotically rewarding gift of revenge (Poe 973-974). Maniacs kill for various reasons but sometimes, as in the case of Montresor, a perfectly sane person can cross over to madness for the reason of alleviating the world of having to bear another human being’s contemptible existence. Fortunato’s death is a gift to all those who are unfortunate enough to have to have succumbed to his arogent matter-of-fact self promoting and bragging. This frighteningly grim murder, as evil as it is, is still a doorway to Fortunato’s present of no longer being. This is a gift that a sane person would morally despise but secretly relish. His murder is a reward to all those whom Fortunato annoyed. It is presented within an enormous container carefully concealed with the intricate cruel paper of brick and held together using a sticky tape of mortar but it is a gift nonetheless.
     Paul Wilmott’s death, in D. H. Lawrence’s short story “The Rocking Horse Winner”, is filled with sadness and irony but

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