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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 ?
And cross and cruel," I added; but Helen Burns would not admit my addition: she kept silence.
Art thou come, by chance, cruel basilisk of these mountains, to see if in thy presence blood will flow from the wounds of this wretched being thy cruelty has robbed of life; or is it to exult over the cruel work of thy humours that thou art come; or like another pitiless Nero to look down from that height upon the ruin of his Rome in embers; or in thy arrogance to trample on this ill-fated corpse, as the ungrateful daughter trampled on her father Tarquin's?
It is indeed a cruel thing," replied her friend; "but as we cannot help it, we must suffer patiently, and not let the sorrows of others disturb our happiness.
And the Arthur who had spoken to her and looked at her in this way, who was present with her now--whose arm she felt round her, his cheek against hers, his very breath upon her--was the cruel, cruel Arthur who had written that letter, that letter which she snatched and crushed and then opened again, that she might read it once more.
I know how I have deceived and injured you; I know how cruel and cowardly I have been.
Just then I was absorbed in them only as a medium of escape, and so, as my gaze ran quickly, time and again, over their vast expanse in search of some cranny or crevice, I came suddenly to loathe them as the prisoner must loathe the cruel and impregnable walls of his dungeon.
Now I realized the cause of the rage that had been writ so large upon the features of Matai Shang and the cruel pleasure that I had seen upon the face of Phaidor.
This fault the Lacedaemonians did not fall into, for they made their children fierce by painful labour, as chiefly useful to inspire them with courage: though, as we have already often said, this is neither the only thing nor the principal thing necessary to attend to; and even with respect to this they may not thus attain their end; for we do not find either in other animals, or other nations, that courage necessarily attends the most cruel, but rather the milder, and those who have the dispositions of lions: for there are many people who are eager both to kill men and to devour human flesh, as the Achaeans and Heniochi in Pontus, and many others in Asia, some of whom are as bad, others worse than these, who indeed live by tyranny, but are men of no courage.
The emotions common to most of us simply did not exist in him, and it was as absurd to blame him for not feeling them as for blaming the tiger because he is fierce and cruel.
Before him lay the deep waters of the little lake, behind him certain death; a cruel death beneath tearing claws and rending fangs.
Sonya listened silently with downcast eyes to the countess' cruel words, without understanding what was required of her.
To the chambers of O-Mai the Cruel I traced them," squeaked I-Gos.