Most people would agree that Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale heart" is a story about how guilt can consume one’s life and that the truth provides a sense of satisfaction. However, how much are we diagnosing what Poe was trying to tell us? This story is about a gothic examination of a type of unexpected sexuality that Poe found too horrifying to tell the audience, keeping in mind that this type of incest (father-son) had not found itself in literature in the 1850's. Poe, which married his 13-year-old first cousin, dabbles with a lot of intimation of incestuous union between sibling in “The Fall of the House of Usher” but never father and son (it was considered extremely taboo.) For that reason, Poe tells a story in which the disturbing act of father-son incest is reenacted without being uncovered to his audience became his only outlet.
In the short story, Roald Dahl’s use of subtle foreshadowing had prepared his readers to suspect something was wrong. He had used hints such as describing the outside of the bed and breakfast, giving details of the landlady, and also telling the readers about the other visitors, Christopher Mulholland and Gregory Temple. Firstly, Roald manipulates the readers into thinking Billy has been enticed by a small notice, “Each word was like a large black eye staring at him through the glass”, and as if a supernatural force had taken over Billy to stay at the boarding house. The ‘Landlady’, as she never gives out her name (why would she not give out her name? ), also creates a lot of tension; she had answered the door at once, “It must have been at once because he hadn’t even had the time to take his finger from the bell-button”, which is peculiar as usually there is a minute wait before somebody answers the door.
At first glance, it might look like the two short stories, “Fever Dream" and "The Man Upstairs," by Ray Bradbury, are completely different; however, they are very similar to each other. At the beginning, both of the stories seem very ordinary and trivial. Nevertheless, as the stories develop the reader sees that the main characters, who are both young boys, struggle with something supernatural and evil. One thing that causes me to doubt whether all the mysterious things that are happening just part of the child’s imagination, or an actual problem is occurring in the boys' life, is the boys' condition. Charles has a fever, which might understandably have led to hallucinations, and Douglas' interest in human innards, for me seems like a sign of a budding psychopath.
Eventually Poe falls asleep as it is vital for humans, and the suspense suddenly surrounds the reader. "When Nature could endure wakefulness no longer, it was with a struggle that I consented to sleep—for I shuddered to reflect that, upon awaking, I might find myself the tenant of a grave." ( The Premature Burial ) Poe has a dream of a figure displaying open graves and urging him to wake up. For he could be the next to be buried still breathing. I feel the dream is his inner subconscious trying to protect him.
Explore the presentation of the unreliable narrator in The Great Gatsby and consider how your ideas have been illuminated by your response to The Catcher in the Rye. The definition of an unreliable narrator is a story teller who cannot be trusted, either due to ignorance or motive. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the reader puts trust in the narrator (Nick) to communicate the story. Similarly, in J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, we believe in Holden to take us on the journey that he travelled in the lead up to his admission to a mental hospital. The question arises in any novel whether the narration may be trusted or whether we should rely on our own judgement.
Although Atticus didn’t win the trail, he showed courage by trying. Boo is the next person to show courage. Since he was a teen Boo, Arthur Radley, was locked up in his house because of something he had done. Through the book he began to watch Scout and Jem. He gave them gifts with hints that he was watching them and that he was their friend, but Jem and Scout didn’t understand the gifts until the end of the book when he saves them from being killed.
The tone shows you how much Meursault doesn’t care about what happens in his life or the decisions he makes. To him, whatever happens happens. For example, in Chapter 4 of The Stranger, the narrator says “A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean anything but I didn’t think so.” (Camus, 35) The very matter-of-factly tone makes it evident how much Mearsault doesn’t really care about the things that happen around him. The tone of The Stranger, also manipulates you into exploring the views of existentialism.
So when he finally pulls himself free from the dream, he finds a man waiting for him, which is against all logic, except dream logic. Much is made in the film about the totems, items unique to dreamers that can be used to tell when someone is actually awake or asleep. For Cobb, his totem is a top, in which spins endlessly when he is asleep, and the fact that the top stops spinning at many points in the film is claimed by some to be evidence that Cobb is awake during those scenes. Although, the top here might just, in the end, be a sign of doubt. That he has done all he could do but still always will have regrets, or some other deep metaphoric meaning that you may imagine.
Though, if peaceful talk did not seem to solve problems when attempting to solve them maturely, he would continue to become angrier and angrier until eventually he might have used violence. At one time in the play, he threatened to whip his wife, Elizabeth when friendly discussion was not working. Proctor was probably always a soft-spoken man, and probably tended to keeping his thoughts in his head and to himself. One major mistake he made was having an affair with Abigail Williams, who was seventeen years of age at the time. And, similar to what was stated in the end of the first paragraph, he kept it to himself.
The story’s absence of important information leaves the readers hanging on the edge of a cliff, asking themselves “What’s going to happen next?” During the whole tale, Montresor never precisely explains how he was hurt or insulted by his old friend, Fortunado. This type of suspense was meant to trouble the minds of the readers, making them wonder whether or not Montresor’s motivation to kill was reasonable, in other words, whether he was sane or not. Also, Edgar Allen Poe’s tale is told from the first person and has an unreliable narrator. The point of view is limited. Since it is impossible to tell whether or not the main character has any logical reason, any information given to the readers by Montresor is classified as biased or prejudiced, thus creating a state of uncertainty and of anticipation in the readers’ minds.