A Tell Tale Heart vs Macbeth

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A Tell Tale Heart vs. Macbeth Comparative Analysis “A Tell Tale Heart”, is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, while “Macbeth” is a play written by William Shakespeare. The protagonists in both literatures share numerous similarities. From personality traits, to plot, to their downfalls, Macbeth and the narrator in ATTH are similar in a variety of ways. The narrator and Macbeth are similar in character. They are both selfish men, led by irrational motives. Macbeth killed a good king; he speaks greatly of Duncan when he reconsiders murdering Duncan due to his good heart; “Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office that his virtues shall plead trumpet-tongued against the deep damnation of his taking off."(1.7.16-20) Macbeth also happened to be related to Duncan but that still didn’t stop him from murdering him and fulfilling his prophecy. Under Macbeth’s rule, people were in constant worry due to the numerous assassinations and experienced food shortages. The narrator in ATTH, killed because he claimed the old man’s eyes resembled that of a vulture’s and that he felt uncomfortable because he also claimed that whenever they fell on him, his “blood ran cold”. Though the motive was not because of hatred or wealth; “I loved the old man…For his gold I had no desire”, it was more than just his eyes that the narrator despised. He could have used a quicker method of killing, instead of haunting the old man for eight days, and enlisting fear into him till his last breath. “I knew that that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise…His fears had been ever since growing upon him.” The protagonist in each literature share the same selfish and irrational characteristics; to take away a good leader from it’s people and replace it with a dictator is a selfish and irrational act. Taking away someone else’s life
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