Analysis Of The Book ' Mice And Tell Tale Heart ' By Edgar Allan Poe

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The authors, of “Rat’s in the Walls” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe respectively use their past and childhood experiences to allow a blurring of the lines on whether the narrator is trustworthy in his telling of the story or not. The era, that both Poe and Lovecraft were a part of, was the gothic era where it was the ‘craze’ to write these stories that enticed the fear of the unknown in us. This fear is what allows the reader to question whether it is reliable what they are reading from the narrator or not. In “Rats in the Walls” the narrator, a man by the name of Mr. Delapore, whereas our narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is an unnamed man. The reliability and trustworthiness of these two narrators rely on the given knowledge of how the narrator responds to their surroundings, thus allowing a reader to determine their fate of reliable or not.

First, in “Rats in the Walls”, Mr. Delapore appears to be well ordered and sane, but it is not until Delapore’s past is uncovered that the reader learns of his true nature. The style of the narrator’s narration is in the form of a recollection or diary such that he is looking back at what had happened and analyzing his past. As Stefan Dziemianowicz states, “Lovecraft’s fascination with the past’s inescapable hold on the present continued in “The Rats in the Walls”(172). It was known that the narrator was a descendant of Walter de la Poer who had a past where he was suspected to have murdered his father,…

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