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Comparing “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the “Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe equally illustrate characters that in the view of other people are insane. The characters’ out of control activities due to their insanity is proved as the stories progress. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written for a motive to reveal how women were treated in society in the 19th Century. “The Tell-Tale heart” was written principally for the reason of entertainment. As he gets to the end of any of the stories, the reader understood that the madness of both narrators had a huge role in determining their reliability and their point of view. Using the first person narrator by Edgar Allen Poe in the “Tell Tale Heart", demonstrated a sophisticated capability in showing his unreliability. The narrator’s imagination was revealed involuntarily through the story, which resulted in an unmanageable personality. The old man was murdered by the narrator which his relationship with him was ambiguous. The narrator claimed “for his gold I had no desire.” (poe34) This statement makes the reader inquisitive and more excited about knowing about their relationship. Shortly after the narrator stated “I love the old man, he never wronged me, he had never given me insult.”(poe34) the reader begins wondering, what’s the problem then? According to Hollie Pritchard in “Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart” she states “the murder of a beloved old man by his housemate and provokes readers into an exploration of the true motivation for that crime.”In the narrator’s next statement he related his wiliness to murder the old man to his pale blue eye. This statement appeared to be an explanation of reason to kill. The fact that the old man’s eye is the only inspiration to assassinate, gives the reader an impression that the narrator is absolutely unreliable. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the focal point remains on the wallpaper all through the...

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