Ten of the best acts of cannibalismA Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
The horror and the jokiness of imagined cannibalism cannibalism (kăn`ĭbəlĭzəm) [Span. caníbal, referring to the Carib], eating of human flesh by other humans. combined. Swift published the pamphlet anonymously and let his unnamed "projector" persuade any right-thinking person that there was a ready cure for the twin evils of starvation and over-population in Ireland: get the Irish to eat their babies. Recipe details follow.
Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare
The Bard's most murder-filled play has Titus revenging himself upon Tamora, Queen of the Goths, in the nastiest manner. She has arranged the murder of his sons and the rape and mutilation Mutilation
See also Brutality, Cruelty.
Mutiny (See REBELLION.)
hacked to death; body pieces strewn about. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 3]
had breasts cut off. [Christian Hagiog. of his daughter, so he has reasons to be cross. He slits the throats of her two sons and, dressed as a cook, feeds them to her in a pie, before killing her.
Thyestes by Seneca
Is this where Shakespeare got the idea? Atreus, King of Mycenae, plots revenge against his brother Thyestes, who has seduced his wife. He kills Thyestes's sons, hacks up the bodies, and then gets to work in the kitchens. A horrified hor·ri·fy
tr.v. hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing, hor·ri·fies
1. To cause to feel horror. See Synonyms at dismay.
2. To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock. messenger tells us, "Some of the flesh is fixed on spits and, set before slow fires, hangs dripping; other parts boiling waters tosses in heated kettles". Thyestes eats heartily, before Atreus lists the ingredients.
Inferno by Dante
Nothing jokey jok·ey also jok·y
adj. jok·i·er, jok·i·est
Characterized by joking or jokes, especially stale or clumsy jokes: jokey bumper stickers. about the consumption of human meat in Dante's hell. Count Ugolino's enemy, Archbishop Ruggieri, incarcerated incarcerated /in·car·cer·at·ed/ (in-kahr´ser-at?ed) imprisoned; constricted; subjected to incarceration.
Confined or trapped, as a hernia. him and his children and left them to starve to death. In desperation, Ugolino ate the flesh of his children. In hell he is condemned to gnaw Ruggieri's skull for all eternity.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Our hero never gets angrier than when he discovers cannibals feasting on the beach. First he throws up, then he shoots them. Man Friday is their intended meal, but having rescued him, Crusoe finds that he too is a cannibal. Naturally Crusoe converts him to a Christian diet.
The Coral Island by RM Ballantyne
This classic boys' adventure repeats the Robinson Crusoe scenario, but this time with a group of teenage chaps. Shipwrecked on a South Sea island, they have to dodge sharks and pirates, but most scarily encounter cannibals, whose grim feasting they witness in horror. Like Crusoe, they persuade some of the savages to reform.
Typee by Herman Melville
Melville's debut novel was taken to be a traveller's true tale when it was first published. The Typees are a tribe of cannibals living in the islands of the South Seas. The narrator NARRATOR. A pleader who draws narrs serviens narrator, a sergeant at law. Fleta, 1. 2, c. 37. Obsolete. , Tommo, and his shipmate, Toby, abscond To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed, in order to avoid their process. To hide, conceal, or absent oneself clandestinely, with the intent to avoid legal process. To postpone limitations. from their whaling ship and go to live with them. The Typees are generous and civilised Adj. 1. civilised - having a high state of culture and development both social and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world"
educated - possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge) - but occasionally they do indeed eat people. When they have a cannibalistic beano Beano™ Gastroentrology A deflatulent with simethicone added to beans deemed hyperflatulogenic; Beano's enzymes digests raffinose and stachyose, carbohydrates for which humans have no enzymes. See Beans, Flatulence. after a battle has provided rich fare, Tommo decides to head home.
Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh
Basil Seal travels to the invented African country of Azania, where an old Oxford chum has become emperor. Basil has an affair with the British ambassador's daughter, but inadvertently eats her when she is served up stewed at a funeral feast. Some critics have thought it Waugh's revenge on his unfaithful first wife.
Aiding and Abetting a·bet
tr.v. a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting, a·bets
1. To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on.
2. by Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark's satire features two men who claim to be Lord Lucan. Both end up taking refuge in central Africa, where a tribal chief is so persuaded by the Christian eucharist that he enacts his own version. He has the real Lucan killed, then cooked and eaten by the tribe's male children.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author. He is considered to be one of the major Generation X authors and was regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack,
Ellis's succè s de scandale is narrated by a Manhattan investment banker who loves to describe the many murders he commits. With his taste for torture and mutilation, we know it cannot be long before we get some cannibalism, and indeed he soon turns to chewing on his victims.