Tale Hear by Edgar Allen Poe, both authors have to convince the
reader that the main characters is mad. How do they do that? Which
portrayal is more effective? Why?
1.The two stories that are going to be compared and contrasted are
'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The Tell
Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe. Both stories are about murder and how
the murderers react after the killings. In the story 'The Tell Tale
Heart,' Edgar Allen Poe writes about the murderer's obsession and fear
of an old man's clouded eye that drives him to kill. When officers of
the law come to question him, he imagines noises from the dead
dismembered body, which forces him to admit his crime. In the second
story, 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' by Ray Bradbury another
murder has been committed. The author uses flash backs to explain
where the murderer has been so that he could wipe out all traces of
his fingerprints and presence at the house, his search for gloves then
his obsession with cleaning everywhere, which eventually leads to his
arrest. Both stories are about obsessions, in one the obsession caused
the murder, in the other the obsession was with cleaning away all
traces of the murderer is present at the scene of the crime after the
murder. My aim will be to show how both murderers were mad, or became
2.In the story 'The Tell Tale Heart,' the murderer has no motive for
murder other than his obsession. One of the old man's eyes, was
clouded over and resembled a vulture's eye, so the narrator could have
been mad even before he killed the old man. In 'The Fruit at the
Bottom of the Bowl,' the murderer was driven to jealousy...
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with its long pearls of rainbow glass.'
He becomes haunted by Huxley hearing once more Huxleys voice,
remembering all the touchings and gesturings, before loosing control.
Acton sobbed heavily he hurled the pottery against the wall'
Early in the morning after the murder Acton was found in the attic
the entire house was polished to a brilliance everything
glittered. Everything shone, everything was bright!. On the way out
Acton polished the front door knob with his handkerchief.'
This showed the way he lost control after the murder and his
obsesiveness led him to madness by the thought of what he had done.
Although he was not mad at the beginning we could see how he became
more and more mad as the story went on.
This is better than the other story 'The Tell-Tale heart' when the man
showed sign of madness from the beginning of the story.
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