Theme Of Guilt In The Tell Tale Heart

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When there is murder in life, there is always someone on the other side. That other side is held together by guilt. Guilt can have the most devastating side effects, and will haunt the person head to toe for eternity. The force of guilt is portrayed perceptibly in both of these passages. “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story about a man with very sensitive hearing. There is an old man, whom he has nothing against but his eye, that he decides to kill. He must live with the guilt of having killed a man. “I Can Stand Him No Longer” by Raphael Dumas is a poem about a woman who hates a man, and lives in guilt of trying to keep this secret. Both texts convey the thematic topic of guilt by using various literary elements such as …show more content…
He feels an overwhelming amount of guilt. The repeated word Louder, is to signify the guilt in this body, because he is no longer calm and the murder is starting to have after effects. These two quotes showed the overall effect of guilt happening on the narrator, and would not have been possible without the first person point of view to show the overbearing amount of guilt as an effect of the murder. He hears the heart becoming louder, because he realizes what he has done, in committing a murder. Similarly, in I can Stand Him No Longer, the first person point of view is used to convey the feelings of the narrator. Dumas does his when, on lines 18-21, it states, “This hatred for him I would like to purge/But how can I, without losing respect?/The community will hate me, or at least that’s what I expect. /No! I must! It is time to take a stand.” In this excerpt, Dumas talks about how much hatred the woman has for the man, because it is angering her on the inside. This is the effect of the first person that Poe similarly used because we would not have gotten the same effect that she hates him, because otherwise, we would not assume anything like this. Additionally, another part in the poem where the first …show more content…
“I can Stand you No Longer” uses word choice to communicate guilt, and even rhyme scheme. In the text, it states, “My secret is probably not covert,/In light of my mannerisms it must be overt./All right! That’s it! I can take no more./Enough complaisance towards the man I abhor!” From this portion of the text, Dumas uses both the word choice and the rhyme to present the guilt. The strength of the words in this text is to show how much passion there is in the guilt of the narrator. The rhyme is used to create a literary effect of the guilt, because it shows how much there is a thirst to speak true thoughts. The effect shows what the speaker truly believes, and is looking for a way to communicate that. These words show how much guilt is bottled up inside the narrator. However, differently, Poe uses symbolism to express the guilt in the narrator. In the text, Poe says, “"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart!" The heart beating symbolizes the dead man’s voice, and to show that a conscience will never truly go away. The author uses this in particular to show how he should feel very guilty about what has happened, and this symbol represents guilt over eternity. The heart growing louder is a symbol of the guilt growing over time, and how he should feel very badly about murdering

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