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'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl', written by Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury are two short stories of murders committed by two disturbed people.

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Wider Reading Assignment 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl', written by Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury are two short stories of murders committed by two disturbed people and both authors have to convince the audience that the main character is mad. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is a story about a young man who vengeance is to kill another man because of his hatred towards his 'evil-eye'. The young man had nothing against him, he just couldn't stand the sight of the old mans eye. The young man crept into the old man's house one night and cautiously opened the door. He did this every night for seven days and on the eighth night he suffocated him to death with the bed. ...read more.

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Acton walked into Huxleys' home innocently looking for his wife. Acton saw this as an opportunity when Huxley 'falls to the ground cleverly'. In 'The Tell-Tale Heart' the young man had crept into the old man's house specifically to kill him. By throwing the bed over him, he knew he would suffocate to death. After killing Huxley, Acton is traumatised. Acton constantly sees his fingerprints all over the house. His guilty conscience doesn't let him get over it. Acton frantically runs around the house trying to get rid of his fingerprints, and by talking to himself constantly he starts to prove to the audience that he's going mad. As people say that the first sign of madness is when you start talking to yourself. Actons' flashbacks are engaged with his thoughts, he has a flashback of where he went in the house then he goes there and sees fingerprints there. ...read more.

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The sentences represent the heartbeat. Every time a character commits a crime or is scared the sentence length decreases. The sentence length is a metaphor for the heartbeat beating faster. The sentences get sharper and shorter as the character gets more paranoid. In 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' Acton, again, asks himself rhetorical questions. From both of the stories I think that 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is more effective because it's written in 1st person perspective. This is so that the reader or the audience can enter the mind of the character, which gives them a better understanding of the character, to understand his thoughts and feelings. Also, as it is written in 1st person perspective it seems as if the young man is telling himself the story. The author uses this narrative technique to portray the concept of madness across to the audience. ...read more.

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