Desert Pickup Essay

Topics: Murder, Death Penalty, Short story Pages: 2 (736 words) Published: July 15, 2013
This essay will compare and contrast between the two short stories "Tell Tale Heart" and "Desert Pick-Up", one is told in first person and the other in third person. These two stories are dark tales and both the main characters commit the same crime. Murder. Also certain characters lose their sanity, which in one case is the result of an encounter with the police which took place in both stories. The other was a woman who could not contain her madness.

Firstly, both short stories contain murder. In the "Tell Tale Heart" the man who hated the old man's evil eye has a split personality. During the day he acts nice and pleasant towards the elderly man, like a wolf in sheeps clothing, while at night he looks upon the old man at 12 midnight as he sleeps staring at the "evil eye" with his lantern trying hard not to wake him. He does this for 8 nights straight and on that 8th night, he murders the old man. In the "Desert Pick-up" a man who was picked up earlier in the story as he was hitch hiking got ditched in the desert. After some luck a woman came to his aid and picked the man up offering a ride. They engage in conversation while driving along the road and she states that she wants to dig up cacti and that it isn't legal to do so. The man insists he helps. She then pulls over some way down the road and they have a picnic. After the picnic they walk around looking for a cactus. As she’s bent over looking at the cactus that the man pointed out, the man raises the shovel up and strikes it down on her head, killing her. He disposes the body in the desert. Later on you find out the woman has also killed someone.

Secondly, in both these stories, characters lose their sanity over the course of its entirety. In the "Tell Tale Heart" after the man has killed the old man, he hides the body under the floor boards. Unfortunately for the killer, later on that night police show up and they insist on searching the premises which he allows pleasantly. While...
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