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Compare and Contrast" The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar-Alan-Poe With "Confession Found In A Prison" By Charles Dickens

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Adam Cunningham 10 C 12/12/2001 Compare and Contrast "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar-Alan-Poe With "Confession Found In A Prison" By Charles Dickens We have been studying two stories about murder one is called "The Tell Tale Heart" By Edgar-Alan-Poe and the second is called "Confession Found In A Prison" by Charles Dickens. These two stories have many similar things and many different things, which I will discuss. The narrator in the "Tell Tale Heart" is the murderer in the story he murdered the old man he was living with. The reason for murdering the old man was because the old man had a funny eye. The narrator says, "one of his eyes resembled that of a vulture" he did not murder him for the money we know this because the narrator also says, "for his gold I had no desire". The narrator in "Confession Found In A Prison" is also the murderer in the story, he murdered his little nephew he lived with. He murdered the boy because the boy looked at the narrator funnily and if the boy died the narrator's wife would inherit the boys money his dead parents left to him. ...read more.

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After the narrator of "A Confession Found In A Prison" had murdered his nephew, he buried him in the garden at night. The narrator attempted to murder his nephew by pushing him into the stream, but this did not work because his nephew saw the narrator's reflection in the lake when the narrator was behind him so the nephew ran. The next thing the narrator says is "the next I saw was my own naked sword in my hand, and he lying at my feet stark dead, dabbled here and there with blood". What I think this means is after the boy ran the narrator chased him and stabbed him repeatedly I also think this happened on the lawn. The way the victims are hidden is similar because they are both in the place were they were killed but the way they are killed is different because one was stabbed and one was suffocated or crushed. The truth comes out in both of the stories, in "Confession Found In A Prison" blood hounds find the body, he said "I saw dogs tearing the earth and throwing it up into the air like water", ...read more.

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then he said, "tear up the planks! Here, here!" he showed the officers the body. The way the truth came out in both stories is different in "Confession Found In A Prison" the murderer confessed in a letter in prison. In the other story "The Tale Tell Heart" he confessed in the room of the murder to the police. When the murderer in "The Tale Tell Heart" was caught he was not sorry for killing the old man. He says to someone after the murder when he was caught "hearken! And observe how healthily - how calmly I can tell you the whole story" this suggest he was not sorry for the murder. When the murderer in "Confession Found In A Prison" was caught he was also not sorry for the crime but was sorry for being caught when he was caught he fell on his knees and prayed to be forgiven this means he was sorry he was caught. The attitude after the murders are similar in one way and different in another they are both proud and not sorry for the murder but the murderer in "Confession Found In A Prison is sorry for being caught. From studying these two stories I think that they are similar to one another. ...read more.

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