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A Rose for Emily and A Tell Tale Heart

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One may have heard the simple saying that “Love can make you do crazy things.” Many adults can confirm that the saying proves true; one could even spend a few hours watching CSI type of shows that portray the stories of two love-struck people becoming cold-hearted killers just to be with their significant other. Why would they be so desperate to be together that they would kill anyone who got in between them? Desperation so serve that they would even kill a loved one? It could be that as children they were deprived of love and nourishment that children normally receive. This deprivation of love led them to cling to anyone that made them think they were being love. In A Rose for Emily and Tell-Tale Heart a character murders someone who they love. The two works, share similarities and differences when it comes to the characters, the narratives point of view and reason for killing a loved one. Miss Emily, in A Rose for Emily and the main character of Tell-Tale Heart, who will be referred to as The Narrator, both of the characters murder a loved one. Miss Emily killed her lover, Homer Barron, with arsenic that she purchased from her local druggist. Faulkner wrote that by law they were to state their intended use of the poison, Miss Emily never did. “‘If that's what you want. But the law requires you to tell what you are going to use it for.’ Miss Emily just stared at him, her head tilted back in order to look him eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up.” (161). The Narrator was much more physical when it came to killing the old man. Poe writes “In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him.” (404). The Narrator keeps the bed over the old man until he could no lon... ... middle of paper ... ...person, unlike A Rose for Emily, it is safe to say that The Narrator is in fact insane. With the old man dead The Narrator would have been able to live a happy life, or so he thought. Although her reason was never stated in the story, one can safely assume that Miss Emily was happy lying in the arms of her dead lover. Both Faulkner and Poe show us in their stories that even if there are different characters, points of views or reasons for killing a loved one, there are still similarities. Works Cited Faulker, William. American Studies at The University of Virginia . 1 April 1997. Online. 15 March 2014. Poe, Edgar Allan. "Tell-Tale Heart." Skwire, David and Harvey S Wiener. Student's Book of College English: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide and Handbook. Boston: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2012. 402-405. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how a rose for emily and tell-tale heart share similarities and differences when it comes to the characters, the narratives point of view and reason for killing a loved one.
  • Analyzes how the narrator, in a rose for emily, killed her lover, homer barron, with arsenic that she purchased from her local druggist.
  • Compares the points of view of a rose for emily and tell-tale heart in first-person plural. the story is written through what the neighbors saw or heard.
  • Analyzes how william faulkner led us to believe that miss emily killed barron because she didn't want to die alone. both murders were committed during the pursuit of happiness.
  • Analyzes how faulkner and poe show that even if there are different characters, points of views or reasons for killing a loved one, there is still similarities.
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