The Tell Tale Heart And The Yellow Wallpaper

983 WordsMar 28, 20164 Pages
Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” share a common theme of insanity. Simple objects in these stories drove the main characters to insanity. These characters share similar traits, but also differ. Their surroundings and environment are factors that caused their behavior. Both characters seemed trapped. Both character’s minds were trapped with the thought of the item that drove them crazy. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” a man is obsessed with an eye that belongs to an old man he lives with. This story is told from a first person point of view by the main character, whose name is never mentioned. The first thing he tells the reader multiple times is that he is not mad, only nervous. He claims that once the thought of the eye entered his brain it was all he could think about. The man did not hate the old man, but there was something about the eye that made his skin crawl. “For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-a pale blue eye, with film over it,” (37). He believed the eye was disgusting and the only way to permanently get rid of it was to take the old man’s life. This man stays awake at night and watches the old man sleep while he plans to do something about the eye. The eighth time the narrator sneaks into the man’s room while he’s sleeping, the old man is awoken by a noise and then is murdered by the man. A neighbor hears a scream and calls the
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