Essay on The Tell Tale Heart Vs. The Raven

Essay on The Tell Tale Heart Vs. The Raven

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The Tell-Tale Heart VS. The Raven
People say the mind is a very complex thing. The mind gives people different interpretations of events and situations. A person state of mind can lead to a death of another person. As we all know death is all around us in movies, plays, and stories. The best stories that survive throughout time involve death in one form or another. For example, William Shakespeare is considered as one of the greatest writers in literary history known for having written a lot of stories concerning death like Macbeth or Julius Caesar. The topic of death in stories keeps people intrigued and on the edge of their seats. Edgar Allan Poe wrote two compelling stories that deal with death “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.” In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a man is in denial of his madness and goes into details of planning and executing an old man’s murder because of his eyes. In “The Raven”, a man’s wife death causes him to hear a knocking at the door before realizing its coming from the window and he communicates with a raven. I will be comparing both of Poe’s books “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven” focusing on the narrator, setting, and the tone. The main subjects I will be discussing in my paper are the bothered narrators, the senses the narrators’ possess, and the use of a bird in both of the stories.
The narrators of both stories are reliable. The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is reliable because he is telling a story about an event in his life he experienced first-hand. On the other hand, I feel he holds no creditability because he can’t see and accept himself as being a mad man. The narrator is disturbed by an old man’s eyes. The narrator shows this saying "I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this!" (Poe 1). ...


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...ave a bird in it. The man from “The Tell-Tale Heart” points out how the old man eye resembles that of a vulture. He announces "He had the eye of a vulture-a pale blue eye, with a film over it" (Poe 1). The old man’s eyes reminded him of a bird.
The tones of both stories are frantic and intense. The man in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is very frantic. The author begins the story stating “True – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (Poe 1). From the beginning of the story you receive the feeling that something bad has already happened because he says he is not mad. The man conveys the meaning of what he hears. He says “Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror” (Poe 2). The groan symbolizes that the man feels empathy for the old man to some degree because been in his place before.

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