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He repeats himself frequently, trying to assure the reader, and himself, that he is sane; leading to believe he may not be psychologically stable. In “The Cask of Amontillado” the narrator can also be considered a mad man by the way he plays games with his victim. Montressor says to Fortunato that they should go home because “his health is precious.” This conversation is ironic because Montressor does not really want to protect Fortunato's health, but to kill him in the catacombs. Both of the narrators are proud of their murders and brag about them within the stories. Not only are the narrators similar but the settings are alike once the murders take place, both locations of the victims are buried in a dark place with no escape.
As grotesque and gruesome it was, the climax of the story to me was the best. The narrator kills the old man with his own bed, cuts him into small pieces and sticks him under the floor planks. Poe has such a unique writing style that I wasn’t at all surprised how he used various literary elements to tell a story his own way, especially a disturbing murder. “A Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t seem like much from the outside, but it’s not until we look deep inside this writers mind that we begin to see how a person’s trouble mind can manifest itself into a horrific tragedy. Most of us will go through life without harming so much as a fly, but for serial killers like Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer the idea of murdering another human being is an exhilarating
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Poe’s creative writing techniques let the reader explore the many different opinions and conclusions that can be made about the characters in his stories. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is the perfect example of a story that allows the reader to explore the sanity or rather insanity of the main character. The narrator in the story murders his housemate. The readers then have the choice to decide whether or not it was in cold blood or through a brilliantly planned out scheme. The narrator tries to assure the readers that he is not an insane man and that this old man was an insignificant problem that needed to go.
The idea of an eye looking like a vulture’s eye as a motive for murder was interesting and quite amusing. Also in the story there were a lot of unexpected things that happened such as the lantern making a noise and waking the old man. These sorts of things along with a combination of other things made me want to read on. However, ‘A confession found in a prison in the time of Charles II’ did have good parts about it such as when the boy was followed down to the stream just before the murder and also the pregnancy at the beginning. The narrator was a bit boring so therefore not as good as the narrator in ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.’ On the whole I found it too long and difficult to read, understand and interpret.
The Ghastly Writings of Poe Edgar Allen Poe makes tales of imagination and fantasies the irrefutable realms of fear. His tales and poems “have influenced the literary schools of symbolism…as well as the popular genres of detective and horror fiction (Stern xxxviii). However, as many of Poe’s tales and poems conjure terror and trepidation, they also penetrate the imagination with fantasy. Poe repeatedly attempts and succeeds at making his readers endure analogous feelings as those characters in his works. The most common realms Poe writes about are dreams, fantasies, the subconscious, and glimpses of the afterlife.