The Tell Tale Heart Guilt Essay

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The Hold Guilt is one of the most powerful emotions within a man’s consciousness, it can change the course of a man’s outlook and behaviour for life. In the two following short stories we the cause and effects of guilt.“The Black Cat” and “The Tell Tale Heart” are two short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe. Although they are two separate stories, they share a likeness between the theme and plot. The shared theme in both stories is: Guilt will always make itself evident in time. In both stories, the two narrator experience guilt for their previous actions. The narrator from “The Black Cat” is so enveloped in his guilt after hanging his beloved cat, Pluto off a tree. Upon finding a second cat sharing the same likeness as, Pluto except, for a white patch on its fur. The narrator recounts that, “It was…show more content…
I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees -- very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” Through his intentions we see only the work of a mad man, with no logical reasoning in order. the narrator from “The Black Cat” expresses, “Pluto -- this was the cat's name -- was my favorite pet and playmate.” and after the event of the narrator’s first wrongdoing towards the cat the narrator recounts “When reason returned with the morning -- when I had slept off the fumes of the night's debauch -- I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty; but it was, at best, a feeble and equivocal feeling, and the soul remained untouched. I again plunged into excess, and soon drowned in wine all memory of the deed.” Through this we see the effects of mental deterioration partnered with alcohol and the destructive pattern it

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