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Cruelty

See also Brutality.
Achren
mean, spiteful enchantress of Spiral Castle. [Children’s Lit.: The Castle of Llyr]
Allan, Barbara
spurned her dying sweetheart because of a fancied slight. [Br. Balladry: Benét, 78]
Blackbeard
nickname of pirate, Edward Teach (d. 1718). [Am. Hist.: Hart, 84]
Bligh, Captain
tyrannical master of the ship Bounty. [Am. Lit.: Mutiny on the Bounty]
Bumble, Mr.
abusive beadle, mistreats Oliver and other waifs. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
bull
symbolizes cruelty in Picasso’s Guernica. [Span. Art.: Mercatante, 99]
Cipolla
magician who hypnotizes and brutally humiliates members of the audience. [Ger. Lit.: Mario and the Magician in Benét, 636]
Conchis
his psychological experiments cause repeated emotion-al anguish among his subjects. [Br. Lit.: John Fowles The Magus in Weiss, 279]
Creakle, Mr.
headmaster at Salem House; enjoys whipping boys. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
cuscuta
symbol of cruelty. [Flower Symbolism; Jobes, 399]
Diocletian
Roman emperor (284–305); instituted general persecutions of Christians. [Rom. Hist.: EB, 5: 805–807]
Guilbert, Brian de Bois
dissolute and cruel commander of the Knights Templars. [Br. Lit.: Ivanhoe]
Job’s comforters
maliciously torment Job while ostensibly attempting to comfort him. [O.T.: Job]
Legree, Simon
harsh taskmaster; slavetrader. [Am. Lit.: Uncle Tom’s Cabin]
leopard
represents meanness, sin, and the devil. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 56]
Margaret
of Anjou hard, vicious, strong-minded, imperious woman. [Br. Lit.: II Henry VI]
Mezentius
Etrurian king put his subjects to death by binding them to dead men and letting them starve. [Rom. Legend: Benét, 664]
Murdstone, Edward
harsh and cruel husband of widow Copperfield. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
painted bird, the
painted by peasants and released, it is rejected and killed by its original flock. [Pol. Tradition: Weiss, 345]
Slout, Mr.
punished Oliver for asking for more gruel. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
Squeers, Wackford
brutal, abusive pedagogue; starves and maltreats urchins. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Totenkopfverbande
tough Death’s Head units maintaining concentration camps in Nazi Germany. [Ger. Hist.: Shirer, 375]
Vlad the Impaler
(c. 980–1015) prince of Walachia; called Dracula; ruled barbarously. [Eur. Hist.: NCE, 2907]
References in classic literature ?
If you fail, John Carter," he said, "know that the cruel and heartless Thark, to whom you taught the meaning of friendship, will come out to die beside you.
Torn and bleeding from many cruel wounds, I lay panting upon the ground within the hollow of the tree, while Tars Tarkas defended the opening from the furious mob without.
And then, from unseen lips, a cruel and mocking peal of laughter rang through the desolate place.
That she should be forced to witness my awful death made my bitter fate seem doubly cruel.
It seemed incredible that one so lovely could yet harbor within her fair bosom a heart so cruel and relentless, and today there was a new expression in her wondrous eyes that I never before had seen there--an unfamiliar softness, and a look of suffering.
In every mind was the same thought--O-Tar must lead them at once to the chamber of O-Mai the Cruel, or accept forever the stigma of cowardice, and there could be no coward upon the throne of Manator.
In his own heart was not a little fear of these repulsive creatures, and because of that fear, Bukawai always kept the beasts well fed, often hunting for them when their own forages for food failed, but ever was he cruel to them with the cruelty of a little brain, diseased, bestial, primitive.
Soon the golden light gleamed faintly through the cell, and she heard little voices calling for help, and high up among the heavy cobwebs hung poor little flies struggling to free themselves, while their cruel enemies sat in their nets, watching their pain.
When the King saw how pale and sad the gentle face had grown, how thin her robe, and weak her wings, and yet how lovingly the golden shadows fell around her and brightened as they lay upon the wand, which, guided by patient love, had made his once desolate home so bright, he could not be cruel to the one who had done so much for him, and in kindly tone he said,--
When he was disobedient she cuffed him, it is true, but she was never cruel to him, and was more often caressing him than chastising him.
This inevitability alone can explain how the cruel Arakcheev, who tore out a grenadier's mustache with his own hands, whose weak nerves rendered him unable to face danger, and who was neither an educated man nor a courtier, was able to maintain his powerful position with Alexander, whose own character was chivalrous, noble, and gentle.
The captain, at Mr Allworthy's instance, was outwardly, as we have said, reconciled to his brother; yet the same rancour remained in his heart; and he found so many opportunities of giving him private hints of this, that the house at last grew insupportable to the poor doctor; and he chose rather to submit to any inconveniences which he might encounter in the world, than longer to bear these cruel and ungrateful insults from a brother for whom he had done so much.