View Full Version : The Raven Compared with Tell Tale Heart

05-05-2007, 10:22 PM
Can someone help me with the similarities and differences that these two works by Edgar Allan Poe share?

05-06-2007, 03:58 AM
I just re-read them, for a bit of help...
I am not a Lit major or anything, so I bet there will be much smarter and knowledgeable people here who can give you some more tips, but you can naturally use the 'haunting' link there...

In The Tell Tale Heart, the narrator is haunted first by the eye, then (and foremostly, you can chose to ignore the eye idea, if it becomes too complicated) by the heartbeat which only he can hear, but which drives him to a point of stress where he can no longer control his coolness, and confesses to a crime he had so cold-bloodedly performed just a moment before.

In The Raven, the narrator, at first rather calm (he is calmly reading... he tries to explain the tapping with rationality... he addresses the Raven cooly at first: 'though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou...'), also goes a bit berserk with the obsession of the 'Nevermore', in relation to a dead person (just as in the TTH) he will no longer be able to be with; by the end he's bellowing 'Prophet!', said I, 'Thing of evil!'... et cetera.

So I would base it on that- memories that haunt us and drive us insane.
Which is pretty Poe-ish anyway, so it's not saying much.

But whatever, re-reading those two is always nice. Thanks for making me!