Human Action In Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart

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“If you can once engage people’s pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you”
This quote is from Philip Stanhope, whether intentional or not, he has spawned a discussion on whether the dominant force which governs human action is reason or passion. Two words which are very different in definition, but at the same time, incredibly similar. Maybe there is something in our daily life which has two very different parts which can coexist in unity. The Human, since early times has been a creature of emotion. But also one with awe inspiring reasoning ability. The early hominids sought food, and shelter, this was due to their will to live (passion), therefore
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They developed weapons to hunt, created dwellings to live in, all these actions showed advanced problem solving techniques, previously unseen on the planet(reason). Mr. Stanhope, pretty clearly is a supporter of the ideal that human action is more controlled on passion than reason. But see, the thing is, the two ideas (passion and reason) are far too tightly intertwined and woven through history and daily life for me to differentiate between the two. So often passion spawns action, and the logical path followed is deeply reasonable, albeit fueled by passion. To use a drastic example we can look at Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale heart” The main character is unnerved by the old man's eye, the eye evokes some inner reaction and the…show more content…
On a less disturbed note, (or maybe a worse one) We can look at war to see passion and reason. All war has roots in both, passion can take form of religion, love, hate, nationalism, and many other emotional responses, but there is always the reasonable justification. Expand the nation's territory, or defend it’s citizens, we’ve all heard the reasons. But the aspect of war I feel to be most relevant is power. Power is both a reasonable and passionate goal. For an example, let’s take Hitler, (because is there a more widely known historical figure?) After world war one while germany was in a horrible depression, one man stepped forward as its savior. Adolf Hitler. He had all a political leader could be expected to have and more. He was passionate in his speeches
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