The Tell Tale Heart Cause And Effect

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“The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Monkeys Paw” are two short stories that have a cause and effect with events that leave the reader in a state of suspense. In all walks of life, we cause, deal with, and are involved in situations that deal with cause and effect. Our reactions to situations greatly affect the outcome. In stories, whether they are fantasy or non-fiction, characters are also faced with the consequences of their actions. The characters in “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Monkeys Paw” have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

“The Monkey’s Paw” is a story about a paw that has the power to grant 3 wishes, but unfortunately, there is great mystery surrounding the monkey’s paw, and how these wishes will be granted. The story begins when the White family is visited by a friend named Sergeant Major Morris. He tells Mr. and Mrs. White, and their son, Herbert about a magic monkey paw, which has the power to grant 3
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In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the outcome may have been different if the old man had not been awoken by the narrator, or perhaps if the old man had turned on the lights instead of sitting in the dark. In “The Monkey’s Paw”, the outcome could have been different if the White’s would have just decided to let the paw stay in the fire when Sergeant Morris threw it in there, or if they wouldn’t have convinced him to let them have it. Cause and effect is so important because it is ultimately the character’s actions that dictate the consequences that follow. Different actions or responses could cause dramatically different outcomes, sometimes positive and sometimes negative. It makes for such good suspense in stories when there is cause and effect relationships. Even in everyday life, we are faced with cause and effect relationships, and understand that our actions have
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