The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Alan Poe And A Vendetta By Guy De Maupassant

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Murder and death are common themes throughout literature works. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Alan Poe and “A Vendetta” by Guy de Maupassant, both authors explore the theme of murder in their stories. Both authors take the reader into the character’s mindset before and after committing murder. Although both stories have similarities in the way the protagonists patiently planned the murder; however, there are differences in the motives for murder, the way the murders were committed, and the characters remorse. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the paranoid madman believes that one of “old man’s eyes resembles a vulture eyes” and decides to rid himself of the “evil eye” by killing the old man. (Poe, par. 3) At midnight the madman opens the old man’s room door, enough to get his head through and watches him sleep. The madman does this for seven nights straight at exactly midnight. On the eighth night, while the madman is watching the old man sleep, something startles the old man and he awakens from his sleep. The madman can see the old man’s “evil eye”, and he can hear the old man’s heart beating louder and louder. (Poe, par.3) He leaps into the room and drags the old man to the floor and pulls the bed over the old man, suffocating him. The mad man dismembers the body and hides it under the floorboards. The police arrive at the home due to a call from one of the neighbors who heard a noise. The mad man shows the police around the house and tells them the old man…

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