Compare And Contrast Tell Tale Heart And Minister's Black Veil

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Imagine darkness, sin, and the desire to keep it all hidden from yourself and the outside world. Together Poe and Hawthorne paint this picture of traits which consist of suspense and darkness. Within the stories “Tell Tale Heart” and “Ministers Black Veil”, the two authors writing styles are vividly comparable. With the comparison of these short stories, it becomes more than feasible to feel the true emotion and movement that Poe and Hawthorne wished to give to their readers. Throughout “Tell Tale Heart” and “Ministers Black Veil”, both Poe and Hawthorne use symbolism to show they cannot hide from their sins. To show Poe cannot hide from his sins, he uses the old man's eye as a symbol. The reason the eye creates this symbolism, is because although it has a blue, hughey film over it, he cannot stop seeing it. Every night when Poe opens the old man's door, the light shines upon the vulture eye, which always seems to be open. The pale blue film, also demonstrates Poes inability to see clearly; in this case representing Poe trying not to acknowledge his own sins. “ When the old man looked at me with his vulture eye a cold…show more content…
More specifically for Poe, the makeup of the home in the “Tell Tale Heart” creates a dark mood for the text. “His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness, (for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers,) and so I knew that he could not see the opening of the door, and I kept pushing it on steadily, steadily.” (Poe). The setting displays a type of darkness and horrific sight. Through the vocabulary such as black and thick darkness this is clearly displayed. “I undid the lantern cautiously-oh, so cautiously --cautiously (for the hinges creaked)”(Poe). A grand amount of imagery is used in the quote to show the darkness of the story. Hinges creaking create a picture of an old, spooky house, therefore eluding to a darkened
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