Author: samanthaseaba

Why Not Both?

In A Study in Emerald, by Neil Gaiman, the narrator and his friend are never named so the reader assumes they are Watson and Sherlock Holmes, but a plot twist at the end leaves the reader wondering if Vernet and his Doctor friend are the real Sherlock and Watson, but what if they are both right?

            In a world were an alien race with green blood and three arms rule the human race, two men become housemates. One of these men is a military veteran with a wounded shoulder, who is our narrator. Our narrator could be Watson, because of the way he is intrigued, yet gets annoyed by his housemate’s actions and words. An example of this is “He was a mystery to me” (423) and “My friend returned to perusing his morning paper. I waited for an explanation with growing impatience. Finally, I could stand it no longer.” (423) The Narrator’s house mate could be Sherlock, because of is arrogant sassy attitude. For example “He smiled thinly. ‘You did not hear the clatter of the brougham several minutes ago?…’” (423) Vernet could be Sherlock, because of his cleverness and the fact that he escaped. As well as the fact that he spoke with the narrator’s friend years before. “ Indeed, I corresponded with you quite profitably two years ago about certain theoretical anomalies in your paper on the Dynamics of an Asteroid. Vernet’s Doctor friend could be Watson, because Watson was a doctor in the military. The Doctor friend also has a limp, and in the BBC Sherlock Watson walked with a limp that Sherlock pointed out. 

Does Fear Lead to Misunderstandings?

The ghosts in “The Turn of The Screw” might have been there to help the governess even in during the last scene of the story. The Ghost of Peter Quint appears just outside the window right as Miles first tries to get out of telling the Governess the truth about what he is not telling her. Peter Quint’s appearance is what causes the governess the leap up from her chair and grab miles. This in turn causes him to come clean about taking the letter and the ghost disappears. To me the disappearance of the ghost is the sign that he helped the governess get Miles to talk to her. When her sternness, when she asking Miles another question, causes him to back away a little and close back up, the ghost reappears to help, but the governess freaks out. I believe the ghost was repenting for his sins by trying to help Miles, but it somehow went horribly wrong. In the Governess’ fearful state she frightens Miles, who for some unclear reason, ends up dead in her arms. 

“Life is too short to drink cheap wine.”

“I drink,” he said, “to the buried that repose around us.”

“And I to your long life.”

In Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Cask of Amontillado, one man takes revenge on another in a horrific manner. The main character, our narrator, is a member of the Montresor family. In the first paragraph of this story, the narrator mentions bearing many injures from the character Fortunato, but only when Fortunato insulted the narrator did the narrator vow for vengeance. After luring a drunk Fortunato into catacombs that our narrator uses as a wine cellar and chaining him to the wall of a small alcove, the narrator proceeds to brick up the entrée to the alcove, and there by burying Fortunato alive.

I find it ironic that Fortuanto drinks to the dead that surround them in the cellar, because she doesn’t know it but he will soon be joining them. The line “And I to your long life.” has an ironic connotation to it as well, because the narrator is going to kill Fortunato yet drinks to his long life.

I also find the part in the story were Fortunato brings up the Masons. He is trying to say that he is one of the Freemasons to show off when in fact he is no a freemason, but our narrator pulls out a trowel to show that he is a mason, a wall builder. This is foreshadowing how he is going to kill Fortunato.