I would say he is a static character, but you could say he is dynamic because of how he flips out in the end and the struggle he has with himself throughout the story. Since he is dynamic that will also make him a round character. The old man would be the flat character in this story. To me you could argue who or what the antagonist is obvious choices say the old mans’ vulture eye, but I think you could argue whether or not his sanity is the antagonist also. “The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them” (Allen Poe 387), after reading the story a few times I think the disease was Schizophrenia.
His works caused waves of protest on one hand but also appreciations on the other hand. It was probably his own life what gave him an inspiration for such realistic writings. We can consider him to be a multi-writer for his ability to contribute to various genres of literature. His prosaic works used to be published gradually in the most famous magazines, his poetry used to be read in coffeehouses all around the America and later also all around the whole world. But it was drama what integrated him into memorable play-writers and his talent was several times appreciated by the most valuable reward – by Pulitzer Prize.
- nervous- very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am…” Then later says in the same paragraph, “… observe how healthily- how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” He is obsessive and emotionally unstable, and is so delusional that he is detached from his own anxiety. When he discusses his target- an old, innocent man, it makes the reader wonder why he wants to kill the old man. He says, ‘I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult.’ He later explains, “I think it was his eye!
This is my first short story I’ve ever read by him, and it was quite interesting, confusing and disturbing. The narrator says he enjoys the old man and his company, yet wants to kill him because of his “vulture” eye. The narrator is unnamed and claims he is a bit mad but contradicts himself later by claiming he really isn’t that insane. Throughout the beginning of the short story, Edgar Allan Poe used many inserts by dashes for repetition, which gets his point across. “And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously – oh, so cautiously – cautiously (for the hinges creaked) – I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye.” (Paragraph 4) When I first started reading, the story made no complete sense, but once I read through the end, I began understanding what the story was actually portraying.
Unless they’re derailed, you pretty much know where to find them…” (216). He takes advantage of this anecdote to point out how preposterous people can be. Not only is his writing style jam-packed with cleverness and wit, but he also uses common vernacular to relate with the average American and make it a pleasurable book. Even though there is some more
Throughout the last few pages of Strange Meeting, Hill cleverly deploys unique techniques to convey Hilliard’s tranquillity and acceptance. Hill was a young, bright female writer who had the power of hindsight due to many men’s stories along with other past successful literature poets about war. Her novel was a microism of the disgusting realities of war. Immediately from reading the last few pages it is clear the change in Hilliard and awareness that he has changed dramatically from the beginning. We are introduced to him as being “…afraid to go to sleep.” As this was the very first words we see- it emphasises the difficulties he was suffering from the realities of war from the start.
This is impossible, so why does he think he hears this? It seems like he is living half in his own world, as if his thoughts become reality to him in a matter of seconds. Or maybe he hearing the heartbeat of the dead old man is his guilt speaking to him? He never disliked the old man, actually he was very fond of him. “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” “I think it was his eye!
Nevertheless, this is the precisely the beauty of this anthology. The stories provide fresh and novel perspectives on common relationships found in all of the readers’ lives. Carver leaves every story slightly “up in the air”, in a way that is very thought-provoking. I found myself needing to put down the book several times and think about questions that had arisen, which was unexpected. His simplistic and to-the-point nature of writing allows the reader to focus truly on the important skeleton of the stories, avoiding wordiness and unnecessary details that are typical of some classic stories.
The same shared dream continues to crop up throughout the novel. Unlike most men in their position, they have something to look forward to and something to share: ‘With us it ain’t like that. We got a future.’ Since George is continuously placed in a position of inferiority throughout, the dream becomes a way of expressing his distaste to the brutality he receives. He wishes to be in a position of control and power where he can give others the same treatment he was put through. This can be seen while he once more shares the dream with Lennie stating ‘If we don’t like a guy we can say, “Get the hell out”’.
Although “The Tell-Tale Heart” appears to inherently address sanity, the narrator actually reflects, through the use of sharp imagery and acute auditory sense, upon the destructive power of his fear of death and discovery and how that paranoia has changed his entire being from one of confidence to one of anxiety and guilt. The disease from which the narrator claims to be suffering heightens his senses to the extent that the sight of the old man’s eye causes him much distress and compels him to take extreme measures to extinguish this anxiety. Using vivid imagery he describes the eye as one that “resembled that of a vulture- pale blue eye, with a film over it” (57). According to the Oxford English Dictionary a vulture is one of a number of large birds of prey of the order Raptores which feed almost entirely upon carrion and is also referred to as something which preys upon a person, the mind, etc., after the manner of a vulture. Due to the representation of the old man’s eye as that of a