Comparison between "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "Stone Cold" by Robert Swindells.

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Comparison between “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Stone Cold” by Robert Swindells.

        Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”, is about a man who wants to kill an old man, because the old man’s eye freaks him out. After he killed the old man, he starts hearing the old man’s heart beating, constantly under the floorboards, driving the man insane. The police come round to see what had happened, after one of his neighbours had heard a scream, he cracks under the pressure and shouts at the top of his voice to the police, as the beating of the heart get louder and louder. Although he can hear it extremely loudly in his ears the police can’t hear it at all. So he tells the police what he had done. I think this is a clever way of expressing the man’s insanity and it sets the scene well.

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        Robert Swindells’ “Stone Cold” however is slightly different. At the beginning of Daily routine Orders 15, Shelter, who is insane, is laughing this shows that he is mad because he also does this at the end of the chapter.

“Ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! That’s the sound of Shelter having the last laugh.” is the first sentence. As you can see, it is slightly different from Edgar Allan Poe. One of the main reasons for this is that they were written nearly 200 years apart so “The Tell Tale Heart” will be a lot more ...

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