The Tell Tale Heart And The Masque Of Red Death Analysis

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“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” This is said by the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Once evil enters the mind and is welcomed and given permission to rule, it will control and direct one's actions. The theme in both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Masque Of Red Death” is death, whether it be intentional by humans or inevitable because of mortality. The similarities and differences in these stories are they both have death that kills innocent people, one story is more realistic and the other symbolizes death, and lastly both stories have people imagining something. One similarity in both of these stories is death that kills innocent people. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator kills the old man because of his eye. The old man never did anything to him to hurt him or to…show more content…
The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” thought he was hearing the guy’s heart beat after he had killed him. This couldn’t be possible because he cut the guy up and there was no way that his heart could still be beating. He was hearing this “heart-beat” because he was feeling guilty from killing the old man. “...it is the beating of his hideous heart.” The people in the “The Masque of the Red Death” thought they were seeing a masked person at the party that was killing everyone but in my opinion I think they were imaging it. I think they were imaging it because it never describes the person in the story. It just says a masked figure. “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night.” I think the people in these stories both feel guilty, that’s why they are imagining stuff. The narrator from “The Tell-Tale Heart” felt guilty from killing the old man and the people from the Prince’s country probably felt guilty because they tried to get away from the disease and left everyone else out in the
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