"Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!"- Robert Burns. Pieces of literature often use the theme of man's inhumanity to man. "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, and "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe all show this idea. In "All Summer in a Day", the reader can clearly see the children's cruelty towards Margot.
The school children in the short story, "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury, treat Margot very cruelly. All of the people, who live on Venus live in the rain. It rains every day except for two hours every seven years. Before the sun finally comes out, the children decide to put Margot into " a closet, where they slammed and locked the door,"(Bradbury 195) so Margot cannot see and enjoy the sun. The reader can clearly see that the school children treat the classmate unfairly. People do not lock other people in closets and leave them there. This premise presents itself in the short story by Richard Connell.
"The Most Dangerous Game" shows the theme of man's inhumanity to man. When Rainsford gets to General Zaroff's island, Rainsford learns the general's deep secret. Zaroff explains his boredom with hunting animals and remarks, "It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason"(Connell 10). General Zaroff hunts humans for fun and amusement. Zaroff lets the captives go and hunts them for three days. The captive may leave the island if he can outlast Zaroff. Hunting the human species shows man's merciless to man. "The Cask of Amontillado" demonstrates the idea of man's brutality to man just like in the short stories by Bradbury and Connell.
In "The Cask of Amontillado", by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor gets revenge on Fortunato in an inhumane way. Montresor pretends to bring Fortunato down into the vaults to get the Amontillado wine but really plans to kill him because Fortunado mocked him.