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The Tell Tale Heart And The Yellow Wallpaper Essay

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” each depict a personal viewpoint of mentally ill characters, who both differ and are alike in various aspects of “madness.” Edgar Allan Poe’s character denies a presence of madness entirely, yet blames a physical ailment instead. As deeply disturbed as the character seems because of the eye, he abruptly decides to eradicate what he believes is the primary issue rather than considering attempting to heal his own “disease.” Charlotte Gilman’s story differs in the sense that the character somewhat acknowledges her mental instability, but is similar in how she eventually attempts to act upon it. While the character acknowledges her mental problem, the progression of the story shows her problem worsening due to the conditions she is placed in because of her feeling of entrapment. Each character’s “madness” is fundamentally the same, but differs on the basis of how they accept it, and act upon it. By narrating from the character’s point of view, Poe creates a somewhat understanding of madness by providing insight of the character’s disturbing thoughts. As a result of this, his blaming of a physical condition seems almost legitimate until proven wrong when he falsely hears the heart beating at the end. Through establishing this insight, the narrator portrays madness as a condition the victim is oblivious to, and instead reacts based on the symptoms of it. This is especially evident through the description of how he is disturbed by
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