The Truth in Their Words 2013-10-17
How can you keep a story unbiased and true to the actual meaning when telling the story from different perspectives? Edgar Allen Poe’s stories “the cask of amontillado” and “the tell tale heart” are great examples of unreliable narrators and how readers should question the narrators perspective instead of just willingly believing everything that has been said. Some times readers have to think past what is being said and explore the possibility of the narrators mentality compared to others. Readers have to interoperate the story accounting for the possibility of the narrator being biased, the narrator’s mental state, and their perspective on the situation at hand based on their maturity. Bais is shown very strongly in stories told from a first person point of view/ when a character within the story is narrating the story based o what they know, or think they know. In the “cask of Amantillado” we are shown how bias can impact a story when Montresor has the idea of geeting revenge on Fortunado because of the lack of respect Fortunado apparently showed him, but when we read the dialogue between the two men Fortunado is very friendly towards Montresor even agreeing to help taste the wine with him. So we see that maybe Montresor has a different perspective on how the story went then Fortunado did, we are seeing bias in this story. Bias can impact a readers understanding of the story and change their perspectives on different events base on what the narrator tells you it may influence you to have a different opinion. Bias has the power to completely alter a story. Considering the mental health of the narrator is really important when trying to understand how literally you as a reader should interoperate what the narrator is saying. In “The Tell Tale Heart” we see the idea of questioning the narrators creditability based on their mental state. The narrator believes “the disease had sharpened my senses not destroyed, not...
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