Poe And Bryson
“The Tell-Tale Heart’’ is a horror story and psychological thriller told from a first- person perspective, written as a monologue. For example “You should have seen how wisely I proceeded”. It gives the reader an insight, usually only given to psychologists: the opportunity of studying a mind of a man, suffering from paranoia – from total insanity. Bryson´s story is also first person narrative, but with a greater outlook on the world in which he is in. For example “I trudged along the beach in the posture of someone shouldering a car up hill”. This gives the reader, a better chance of imagine the scenario especially. He uses exaggeration, which makes it easier for the reader to get a mental picture of the scene.
They both uses “the human” as a point of reference, in the sense of they both describe different behaviour in us as humans. Poe takes a stand in the sinister mind. For example “If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took”. You do not need to read many of Poe stories, to know that they are with most certainty of gothic descent. Just the composition: It’s nighttime, a violent murder is planned, mixed in with a madman that hears a gruesome noise. It does not become more gothic than that. Unlike Bryson who takes a stand in the events that could happens to all of us, in from of awkward situations. For example “In shame I sipped my tea and nibbled my biscuit”. Which makes for a more personal story, where there is room for a great deal of sarcasm, a more affectionate approach and he can use a metaphoric language, without it seeming strange or misplaced. For example “He smacked me in the side of the head with a meaningful look...”.
Bryson also uses chatty language to make the audience at ease. For example “He had the inestimable pleasure of bonking twin sisters, which is the main thing” or even more personal and insightful, as only a friend would start a good conversation. “I...
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