The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe was written in January 1843. This horror story is based on a man that appeared to be hallucinating. He believed these hallucinations so much, that he killed the man, and instantly felt relieved. I characterized this man as being filled with greed and it was almost as if the man could not compete with the old man and felt threatened by him, so the easiest thing to do in his mind, was get rid of him. “The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eve would trouble me no more”. (Poe) This man is experiencing instant gratification and absolutely no regrets. The older man is no longer going to bother him at all, and he will no longer be around to love, even if love to others would not be hurting or killing someone.
Of all the stories I have read and had to analyze Freytag’s Pyramid this was the easiest one to identify. I believed, right from the start, the first paragraph would be the example of exposition. When Poe states, “The disease had sharpened my scenes –not destroyed- not dulled them”. (Poe) As far as the example I picked from this short story of rising action, I chose the line “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees –very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever”....
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...out what was going on. I come from a very small town, and I am used to each person having a set responsibility and sticking to it. I especially liked how close the town was, and how something so little as pulling a lottery ticket brought the entire town together. Out of the three stories I read, I thoroughly enjoyed this one the most.
The third and last story that I chose was “Araby” by James Joyce. I felt bad for the young boy. It appeared as if the boy was very shy and did not have much confidence in himself. When he finally was given an opportunity, he failed. He seemed very happy to do something for himself and with his aunt and uncles approval; he still ended up being late for the bazaar. He was very much in love with the way Mangan’s sister carried herself, and when she finally talked to him, it seemed like his attitude changed and he was much more outgoing.
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