Charles Lamb "Thoughtless Cruelty"

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Most people, at some point of their lives, have tortured inferior insects whether it be pulling the wings off a fly or crushing an ant. In the poem "Thoughtless Cruelty" by Charles Lamb the reader can see that the author is indeed angry about such a thing. The author uses the poetic devices such as diction, rhyme, and detail to describe his attitude toward those who perform such "Thoughtless Cruelty".

The author first directs his attention to "Robert" that has "kill'd that fly". The author then says the man was "devoid Of thought and sense" to have killed the fly. Here, the author is implying that "Robert" must have been stupid for killing the innocent creature. The author goes on talking about natural death as a bird "devours" it or a "cold blast in the night" will take its life. By describing the natural causes of the insect's death, Lamb sympathizes for the creature because of its unnatural death.

Lamb continues discussing that pain exists in even "The greatest being", and even the "smallest ones possess" the feeling of death and pain experienced before. The author goes on with more detail in the piece about the crude humor in the creature's horrible death.

Lamb explains, "The life you've taken to supply, You could not do it" that the life "Robert" has taken cannot be restored, no matter how hard he tries. The author tries to make "Robert" feel guilty by enlightening him, "A thing which no way you annoy'd - You'll one day rue it", suggesting that one day he will realize his cruelty and morn the death of the fly. "The bird but seeks his proper food... May just take [its life]". Here Lamb goes into more detail about the natural...