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In 'The fruit at the bottom of the bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The tell tale heart' by Edgar Allen Poe, both authors have to convince the reader that the main characters is mad. How dothey do that? Which portrayal is more effective? Why

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In 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe, both authors have to convince the reader that the main characters is mad. How do they do that? Which portrayal is more effective? Why? 1.The two stories that are going to be compared and contrasted are 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe. Both stories are about murder and how the murderers react after the killings. In the story 'The Tell Tale Heart,' Edgar Allen Poe writes about the murderer's obsession and fear of an old man's clouded eye that drives him to kill. When officers of the law come to question him, he imagines noises from the dead dismembered body, which forces him to admit his crime. In the second story, 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' by Ray Bradbury another murder has been committed. The author uses flash backs to explain where the murderer has been so that he could wipe out all traces of his fingerprints and presence at the house, his search for gloves then his obsession with cleaning everywhere, which eventually leads to his arrest. ...read more.

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'The entire house was polished to a brilliance.' By this time his actions were illogical and that of a madman. There was an inter-textual reference during one of Acton's argument with himself when he said, 'out damned spot, Eh, Acton,?' this is a reference from Macbeth when Lady Macbeth who murdered King Duncan dreamed that she could never wash the blood from her hand. By this time he seemed to be convinced that his fingerprints were everywhere and that he could not be able to wipe them all away. A paragraph where there is no punctuation suggests panicking where he looked back and forth between the chandelier and Huxley's body suggested a rapid movement, "...he looked at the chandelier and looked away and looked back at the chandelier and looked at Huxleys body... and then at the crystal chandelier..." the way that this paragraph is written makes you want to read it the way as I have laid it out as it shows the hurried way that he carried out his actions looking backwards and forward at the chandelier. Even the sentence before the paragraph that has no punctuation in it, suggests that Acton is panicking or mad, "his fingers twitched at his side" which also could show nervousness in this situation. ...read more.

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scrub the wall, up and down, back and forth, up and down, as high he could stretch and as low as he can bend.' At this point there were other actions of repetition such as '...His mouth slipped open and his tongue moved across his lips and he looked at the chandelier and looked away and looked back at the chandelier with its long pearls of rainbow glass.' He becomes haunted by Huxley '...hearing once more Huxleys voice, remembering all the touchings and gesturings...', before loosing control '...Acton sobbed heavily... he hurled the pottery against the wall...' Early in the morning after the murder Acton was found in the attic '...the entire house was polished to a brilliance...' '...everything glittered. Everything shone, everything was bright! ... On the way out Acton polished the front door knob with his handkerchief.' This showed the way he lost control after the murder and his obsesiveness led him to madness by the thought of what he had done. Although he was not mad at the beginning we could see how he became more and more mad as the story went on. This is better than the other story 'The Tell-Tale heart' when the man showed sign of madness from the beginning of the story. ...read more.

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