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Comparison of Short Stories - The Tell Tale Heart, Dracula, and The Woman In Black.

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Introduction

Coursework On Short Stories. The Tell Tale Heart. "I heard many things in hell." This suggests that he may have a voice in his head, telling him these things. This then makes him think that he is hearing things from hell. This clearly shows that wherever the things he keeps hearing are coming from they are non-existent. "I made up my mind to murder the old man". This makes the reader think that he is crazy or that he could be mentally ill. The thing which is disturbing about the narrator explaining how he plans to murder the old man is, that it is all written in a way which is cold blooded and spine chilling. The narrator thinks he is being clever about what he's about to do. "Would a madman have been so wise as this?" The narrator realises that the reader is going to think he is mad so he starts off by denying the fact that he is. ...read more.

Middle

"The sharp white teeth champed together till the lips were cut, and the mouth formed a crimson foam." All of the words in the sentence make you realise how disgusting Lucy has become but there are a few words that make it more powerful than others and these are: white teeth champed and crimson foam. "...the blood from the pierced heart welled and spurted up around it." The writer wants the readers to see things with this much detail so that they can visualise in much detail what it would have been like to be there while it was happening. I think the most disturbing thing about the story is that it's her husband that is driving the stake into her heart to kill her. The Woman In Black. In the story there is a lot of confusion between life and death. The narrator does not know whether the woman he can see is living or whether she is a ghost. ...read more.

Conclusion

The narrator describes her in a way that is strange, at first it sounds as if she is just sad and lonely but nearer the end she sounds as if she is a danger to people. "...she directed the purest evil and hatred and loathing, with all the force that was available to her". Conclusion. I think that all three of the stories are frightening in their own way. I like the way that the Tell Tale Heart is about a mad man who denies he is mad. I like the way the woman in black has a lot of detail in it even though it's only very short. I like the way Dracula is about a husband and wife even though the husband kills his wife. I think that a modern reader would find Dracula most disturbing because there aren't that many books that include in it a husband killing his wife or vice versa. The other two stories were not as disturbing as Dracula but the Tell Tale Heart is quite creepy. Samantha Fisher ...read more.

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