The Tell Tale Heart William Wilson Analysis

922 Words4 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe was a genius before his time, and his riveting works are immortalized in the hearts and minds of his readers. For hundred of years, adults and children alike have been intrigued by Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. Many of Poe’s works differ from one another especially, “William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Although it may seem like there are more similarities between the two works, their differences are much more significant. “William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart s”’most of the tremendous differences are found within characters, conflicts, and themes. “William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”’s differences outshine their similarities. “William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” characters are akin because in both short…show more content…
Even being the vastly different stories “William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” have a few similarities with regards to the theme. For instance, both stories end in a denouement. Correspondingly, the conscience of the men in both stories makes them do something unexpected. William Wilson, at the end of his story, commits suicide. William Wilson meets his tragic end when Poe writes, ”In a large mirror I saw my own image, dabbled in blood...it was Wilson who stood before me in an agony of death.” It is revealed at the end that there was only one William Wilson. The second William Wilson was a reflection of the first one conscience. The real William Wilson gets so fed up with his concise that the only to get rid of it was by stabbing himself in the chest. On the contrary, the narrator confesses to his unscrupulous deed.”I admit the deed!” (Poe 516). The only reason the narrator confess was to get eliminate the buzzing he heard. “It was a low, dull, quick sound --- much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath --- and yet the officers heard it not...It grew louder --- louder --- louder!” (Poe 516). Normally a ringing noise would be heard by everyone in a room but this particular noise could only be heard by a murder. Which makes it indisputable that the noise was the narrator's conscience wanting to confess. The narrator's conscience needed to tell someone about despicable act it committed. The narrator felt so guilty he confessed because of a
Open Document