One Wants To Make You Think: The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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One Wants to Creep You Out. The Other Wants to Make You Think.
I have chosen to base my module three essay on the following question, "As Henry James sees it, characters are only as interesting as their responses to particular situations. Explain how in each of two works of fiction, either assigned or unassigned (from text or other source), a particular character communicates to us his reaction to a situation, and what effect that reaction is apparently intended to have on the reader".
The first literary fiction that will be discussed is "The Tell-Tale Heart" written by Edgar Allan Poe. (Kennedy and Gioia 388) It is a story told in the first person, which lends a very personal and dramatic experience to the reader. From the onset in the opening
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(Kennedy and Gioia 520) Written in a witty satirical fashion, the author gives the reader choices as to the direction of story. This no doubt entices the reader to discover the different potential twists of the plot. The story begins with the characters John and Mary meeting. From there you can choose path A, which gives you the generic, "and they lived happily ever after" ending. Or you can choose a myriad of different outcomes that take the reader to some uncomfortable places. In the second version of the plot we find Mary who loves John but he does not reciprocate the author describes how she foolishly believes that somehow, if she caters to him, he will finally realize what he has in her and they will get married. The third path has the roles reversed; John is the one in love and Mary is the one that's noncommittal. In last two narratives the forces were internal, where the readers experienced how the characters reacted to what the other character did to them. The next two involved external events that force a reaction from the characters. In the first interpretation, the main characters Fred and Madge are married and they get along fine. However, a giant tidal wave washes away their home. Despite this, they survive and live out their lives together. It is at this junction that the author introduces the tragedy of the death of Fred and the reader learns how it inspires Madge to devote herself to
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