Essay about The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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In the Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the unnamed narrator is engulfed with so much guilt from a murder that he committed, it causes him to mentally break down and confess to the murder. Secrets and conflicts cause people to have mental illnesses and they come to the point where they can no longer live with themselves. In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne characterizes Arthur Dimmesdale to have passion towards the towns seamstress, Hester Prynne. Dimmesdale’s passion with Hester conflicts with his status and duties as the town minister. The conflict ultimately leads to Dimmesdale’s self-abuse and death. Even though, Dimmesdale tries really hard to keep his passion a secret, Hawthorne’s novel emphasizes that the truth always comes out. As a human being, Arthur Dimmesdale is faced with lots of emotions. Humans feel emotions like passion, sadness, and guilt. Hawthorne really shows that Dimmesdale strongly feels these emotions. Dimmesdale’s secret, is that he had an affair with Hester when her husband Roger Chillingworth is off across seas for two years. However as a Reverend, Dimmesdale should not be feeling lots of passion towards a woman and he should have no reason to be feeling so much guilt.While Dimmesdale should not be acting upon his passionate emotions towards Hester, he still does. After his child, Pearl is born, he feels immense guilt from his actions and no longer wants to keep his seven year old secret that he has been bottling up. As a Reverend,…

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