The stories by Edgar Allan Poe and the ones we read in class have similar themes, plots, point of views, and characters.
The Tell-Tale heart and The gift of the Magi have similar themes. Morality is shown throughout both short stories. In The Gift of the Magi, Della and Jim both show good morals when they gave up their most prized possessions so they could give each other a gift. These actions were big for them considering the fact that they were very poor. In The Tell-Tale heart the unknown character showed terrible morals when he decided to murder the man he lived with. “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man.” (Poe 1) This quote clearly states the decision he made. Throughout the story he was trying to prove himself sane and that it was only the eye that was scaring him. These 2 short stories are also different because of the way morality was portrayed. One story had good decisions and the other did not.
In The Cask of Amontillado and Raymond’s Run both show first person. In The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor is using the words “I” and “We” to narrate the story. When he first opens that story he states how Fortunado blatantly insulted him. “I must not only punish but punish with impunity.” (Poe 1) His meaning of this is that he is seeking revenge on Fortunato but he is planning to do it without being punished for it. Amontillados revenge is to bury him alive. To describe the events he uses first person. Raymond’s Run is also in first person because the main character is talking about how she is dealing with her own personal issues and everyone around her. Throughout the story she constantly uses the words “I” to express herself and her actions.
The Scarlet Ibis and The Fall of the house of the Usher’s plot is different and the same. In The Scarlet Ibis the occurrence of the boys death happens outside in the rain. The Scarlet Ibis in the story symbolizes the death of doodle. Doodle ended up dying because he his brother pushed him past his limits. “The knowledge that our plans had come to nothing was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us. Soon I could hear his voice no more.” (Hurst 1) It is not clearly stated in this quote but the older brother was filled with pride. The death of doodle could have been avoided if he had just accepted the fact that Doodle wasn’t the same as every other kid. In The Fall of the House of Usher the death of madeline was a mistake made by Usher. She was buried alive because she was believed to be dead. She was really in a dead-like state. If Usher had given her time she might have woken up in her bed and not the family coffin. The plot of The Scarlet Ibis and The Fall of the House of Usher are different because they all died in different ways for different reasons. The 2 stories plots are also the same because they could have been avoided if the characters had just stopped and thought about their actions and the consequences that followed. Usher wouldn’t have been killed by the ghost of Madeline and Doodle would still be alive.
The stories were written similarly because when a character made a decision it had a consequence. The stories were also similar because there were parts that were very dark and gloomy. There were also deaths that were symbolized by different objects. These shorts stories written by Edgar Allan Poe and the ones from class were written similarly and differently.