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

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“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 w Continue...


A picture of the wall is essential in order to have a base for contrast with the rest of the story. According to Loralee MacPike in "Environment as psycho-pathological symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper she states "As she grows increasingly fond of the wallpaper, the narrator realizes that it may well be the only part of her life she can control. Because we only get the narrator's opinion, characters of the wall become more significant as a way of judging the character's weakening mental state. "She states "The Yellow Wallpaper shows what a frustrated woman does with anger. This statement appeared to be an explanation of reason to kill. In both tales the major character's plunge into madness is efficiently described by the character's progressively illogical actions and disturbed judgments. Other signs of suspicion are obvious when the narrator claims that the policemen were mocking his horror, when in reality they didn't know anything of the crime (Paragraph 17). Besides, the narrator states he is troubled with the old man's wicked eye that he committed a murder (Paragraph 2). (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 Yellow Wallpaper the focal point remains on the wallpaper all through the story. The narrator tries to demonstrate his judgment when the reader has not yet had a chance to make any kind of judgment.