The Tell Tale Heart Analysis

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Since childhood, everyone has does something to make them feel culpable. It is part of the human condition to try and make situations better for ourselves. However, when we reflect upon those moments, feelings of regret often overcome us. As different people, the way we react to this wave of emotions changes between us. In the passage “The Tell-Tale Heart” by renowned author Edgar Allan Poe, and “I Can Stand Him No Longer” by Raphael Dumas, we see reactions on how the protagonists react to having guilt. First, to prove my previous statement of similar yet contrasting themes of guilt, we can analyze the literary figures used by both authors in support of the theme. In “Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, Poe uses many different devices to portray the perspective of the protagonist. For example, in the passage, it states, “It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. Ha! would a madman have been so wise as this? And then when my head was well in the room I undid the lantern cautiously -- oh, so cautiously -- cautiously (for the hinges creaked), I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye.” In this scene of the story, Poe uses short sentences and language to show the rapid and anxious feeling of the protagonist. This similar feeling is portrayed in “I Can Stand Him no Longer” by Raphael Dumas. The poem recites, “The community will hate me, or at least that’s what I expect. No! I

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