Tell Tale Heart Guilt

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Sweaty Palms, Rapid Heartbeat, and Tightened Muscles. These are all signs of Guilt, an emotion felt by one being who has been compromised for their actions. It is manifested through the entire body and consciousness, waiting to unleash its potential. Similarly, two texts have constantly incorporated this idea. The two texts, a short story and a poem, “A Tell Tale Heart”, and, “I Can Stand Him no Longer”, both have incrementally developed their overall thematic topic of guilt. Edgar Allan Poe, the author of, “A Tell Tale Heart”, uses emphasis, Point of View, and conflict to convey this topic. Raphael Dumas, the author of, “I Can Stand Him no Longer”, uses metaphors, Point of View, and symbolism to illustrate the thematic topic of guilt. These two texts have both implemented different writing techniques to sustain the thematic topic of Guilt which was conveyed throughout these different pieces of text. In the piece of text, “A Tell Tale Heart”, written by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator is the main character of the story, who claims to be sane from his wisdom…show more content…
He/She is prone to show his true side of his hate but the narrator is fearful that others may think of him in a wrong way. The narrator goes back and forth, indecisive of whether or not to show his true secret. Near the end, he/she is forced, by his conscience, to do something wrong to the man, leading to Guilt. In stanzas 3 and 4, it states, “ /His manner imprisons me like a ball and chain, /Shatters my sanity, and drives me insane.” This shows that the narrator developing the theme of guilt by using metaphors and First Person Point of View. The metaphor, “...imprisons me like a ball and a chain”, shows that the author wrote this for the main purpose of portraying guilt. A ball attached to a chain shows that it wouldn’t be able to move, or in this case, move on with
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