Analysis Of The Book ' The Tell Tale Heart ' Essay

1355 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Hannah Stahmer
Essay Two
Burkart
12/6/16
The Beauty of Self
“Cats don’t have names…. now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are” (Gaiman). If you aren’t familiar with the childhood story of Coraline, the underlying messages of self-discovery and the power of knowledge are prominent throughout the tale. The cat represents knowledge and aids the young girl in the development of herself. The theme of self-exploration, self-expression and emergent identity can be found within many literary works, especially in those by transcendentalist authors. The internal conflict, known as man versus self, describes an individual 's struggle with morality or their own flaws, while the external conflict of man versus society shows struggle between an individual’s ideas and the community’s. The concept of romanticism and self-destruction is best illustrated in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story; The Tell-Tale Heart. In Herman Melville’s story of Bartleby, we experience the struggles of a true rebel in a society of sheep and its ultimate demise of the character. Walt Whitman’s use of literary devices such as alliteration and anaphora in his poem Song of Myself, motivates the reader to join him in celebrating the idea of beauty in the individual. Through the analysis of these themes found in writing’s by; Poe, Melville, and Whitman the reader can gain a better insight of the impact of existentialism and romanticism in eighteenth century literature, and discovers the…

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