The Tempest And The Tell Tale Heart

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Relinquishing flawed narratives in a quest for truth and acceptance, enables profound discoveries about the need for personal and reliable authenticity.
Composers shape our understanding of discovery through distinctive ideas and devices, inviting us to see that acceptance of truth is pivotal to the advancement of humanity.
William shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ (1611), uses distinctive characterisation of theatrical elements to invite us to experience the process of discovery the value of virtue alongside Prospero. Similarly, Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ (1843), uses the distinctive device of an unreliable narrator to shape our understanding that authentic thoughts and actions are essential in life. Thus, composers
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The story is communicated by a distinctive unnamed narrator who ventures to convince the reader of his sanity while simultaneously outlining a murder he committed, revealing the connection and links between ‘The Tempest.’ Discoveries can be provocative and confronting, they can lead us to new boundaries, stimulate new ideas and enable us to speculate future possibilities. An unreliable narrator can designate a disillusion within the mind and soul which is revealed through the use of a hyperbole and rhetorical question, “TRUE!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous i had been and am,” invites us into his mind and we become confronted with his conflicted personal feelings and emotions. This is a prime example of an unreliable narrator as the persona of the text is apprehensive of what they are saying. This is significant, as deliberate and careful planning is evoked by wonder. The insane persona who killed a man, is not the major discovery for the reader. Instead, it is the uncovering of his madness that is most confronting, inviting us to experience the cognitive action of a psychopath. The use of a confessional tone and symbolism, “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain,” inviting us into his mind as we are confronted with his obsessionality, here we discover an insane man's illusion that he has control over his actions. While acknowledging that he, like the house is “haunted” by his obsessions, his illusion of control emerges through his conversational tone. Just as Prospero was oblivious to how much his magic is controlling him, the persona is oblivious of the control his mental illness has, over his behaviour. Therefore, from the realisation of this related text we are invited to see that by exploring the concept of discovery, the process can vary according to conflicting moments and challenged

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