Comparing The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe And Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne both use a similar narrative where their main characters are often isolated and/or engaged in a search for something. But for Poe, I thought he dove deeper into the human psyche than Hawthorne did. He focused more so on the derangement, like in “The Tell-Tale Heart” in which the speaker ends up giving himself away through his own guilt and reveals the dead body of his neighbor whom he murdered to the police. The ending of it involves the narrator describing a “low, dull, quick sound” and shows the madness within. I think Poe sense of human personality is that it is rather complex. In “The Purloined Letter,” Dupin is able to deduce it was the Minister who used his ability as being both a poet and a mathematician

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