“You should have seen how wisely I proceeded with what caution-with what foresight-with what-dissimulation I went to work! “ (Poe 692). That is until he starts explaining his motivation towards why he killed the old man, but as the narrator explains he does not know why he killed the old man that is until he speaks of the old man’s evil eye. “I think it was his eye!-yes, it was this!” (Poe, 691). The eye of the old man showed the narrators true intentions a mirror into his own mind showing him his true self.
The phrase “blood ran cold” on page 41, indicates the narrator becoming empathetic towards the old man. The old man did nothing against him, but the sight of the vulture eye caused him to turn into a killer. After killing the old man, he can hear the heart beat of the old man still beating “ louder-louder-louder!” (45). Louder empathizes the heartbeat he was hearing from the floorboards, where the old man is rested. However, the use of “louder” (45) several times and the italicized “louder” (45) contribute to the growing guilt of the narrator.
Throughout the last two acts of the novel, we see Laertes change from an impulsive instigator into a more wise and rational person who realizes he is in the wrong. After he first learns of his father’s death, Laertes is seething due to his misery, and consequently, strives for immediate retaliation. Contrastingly, at the conclusion of the duel scene, he is downcast over his looming death and the fact that he has caused Hamlet’s death, while also being ashamed of how quick he was to murder. Though to some, Laertes may be a seemingly insignificant character, it is Laertes affliction (as a result of his father’s death) that ultimately drives the novel to its grievous climax. Albeit tragic, if the end scene would not have happened, Laertes would not have had the opportunity to discover that he was wrong, and thus change.
However, even though there are lots of similarities, there are lots of differences between the two stories, mostly in the plot line. The Tell Tale Heart is about a man who describes himself saying, “But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say I am mad? Can you not see that I have full control of my mind?” (Poe, 64). The narrator is trying to let us know that he isn’t mad, just a little nervous. The narrator then goes on to tell us how that he wants to kill this old man because he has an “eye like the eye of a vulture” (Poe, 64).
“Now was the first time that I begun to worry about the men- I reckon I hadn't time to before. I begun to think how dreadful it was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix. I says to myself, there ain't no telling but I might come to be a murderer myself yet, and then how would I like it?” (76). This is the first time that Huck questions the actions and outcomes that he has set in motion and the effects they have on other people. After he realizes that he could now be considered a murderer, he makes a plan to get a captain to go investigate the wreck in order to save the men's lives.
The description of the main character is the exposition of the story. The main character is the narrator of the story and he has a disease that sharpness all of his senses, affecting his hearing the most. “The disease had sharpened my senses--not destroyed--not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.” (Poe). Because of this people think he is a mad man.
Poe gives us his reason of murdering a man without a second thought to it, because of the rivalry Montresor had against Fortunato. Throughout the story, insanity and betrayal were shown. The gothic qualities are acknowledged from within the short story when Poe states, “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation” (page
What makes one person want to harm another? One reason a person may want to harm another is to get revenge. In the book The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby, John wants desperately to get revenge on the person who shot him in the face while he was out on a night patrol. John finds himself desiring to inflict harm on John Meyer, the person he assumes shot him, yet he does not know if this is the right thing and considers forgiveness as an option. Since the start of mankind, humans have had to contemplate these three ideas when deciding between forgiveness and revenge: the reasons people forgive, the reasons people commit revenge, and how their choice will impact others.
I also think that there are two personalities of narrator because one of them makes proud after killing the old man, while the other side is terrified. This is noticeable when the scared part takes over him and admits the police what he had committed. I do think that the climax point of the story took place during the
This gives the audience a further understanding of the true message of the raven. When the author starts to realize the unexpected situation and reaches the end of the poem, it creates a gloomy tone that shocks the reader. Furthermore, Poe uses the same technique in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a short story that is one of Poe’s most famous work, which is about an anonymous man, who kills an old man because of his eye and afterwards becomes sane while explaining the murder, which he committed, to the police. Amidst of all the guilt going on in the man’s head, Poe uses repetition to tell what the man was feeling and hearing. “I talked still faster and louder.