A Comparison And Contrast Of Poe’s Fiction To Hawthorne’s

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Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne were writers of the American gothic genre. They both used the elements of horror and mystery in their writing styles, writing about the dark side of humanity and the evil that lives within the human mind. Gothic writing focuses on the dark side of humanity and both Poe and Hawthorne captured this style well in their use of themes, symbols, and narration that focused on darkness and evil with their characters fighting various psychological issues. However, Poe’s stories are told in the first person narrative and he focuses on one human psychological effect, looking at man’s thoughts from within his mind and how his behavior then affects his ...view middle of the document...

The narrator compares the beating heart to a watch “I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound – much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton” (Poe 693). As the beating grows seemingly louder and louder to the narrator, his fear that the neighbors will hear it causes him to jump into action, pulling the heavy bed over the old man, killing him.
The narrator thinks himself clever, not mad. “If still you think me mad, you will think it no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body” (Poe 694). Once he kills the old man, dismembers him, and hides his body, the narrator says he “replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye – not even his [the old man’s] – could have detected anything wrong" (Poe 694). He implies the eye had some supernatural power to see through objects – and maybe even into the narrator’s mind. When the police come by to investigate a scream heard by a neighbor, the narrator is so confident, he invites them in to stay for a while. Later, however, when the police are still sitting in the room where he has hidden the body, the narrator becomes convinced that the heart is beating so loudly the police can hear it and he screams out in the madness it causes him.
In The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe begins with a strong, emphatic tone. He then builds upon a single psychological effect with an urgent sense of impending doom. Everything seems real, just viewed through the mind of a mad-man. Poe leaves the reader with a final climatic emotion. The actions of the narrator are horrendous, but possible. Poe does not try to share any moral lessons; he simply shares stories with a variety of emotions that readers can relate to like hate, guilt, anger, despair and hope.
In Rappaccini's Daughter, Hawthorne also uses symbols to create the scene and to reveal more about each of his characters. The beautiful garden in Padua, Italy, symbolizes the Garden of Eden. In it, Rappaccini takes on the role of creator, growing the garden of beautiful, yet poisonous plants. Rappaccini prefers science to mankind. “His patients are interesting to him only as subjects for some new experiment” (Hawthorne 435). He brings up his daughter to tend to the plants, and she becomes resistant to the poisons, but in the process she herself becomes poisonous to others. Beatrice represents the constant battle between good and evil. She is beautiful, but poisonous – and a danger to others. Beatrice and Giovanni spend all of their time together in this beautiful place as Hawthorn focuses on Beatrice as she is seen through the eyes of Giovanni.
Hawthorne’s story is filled with imagination and poetic words. When Hawthorne describes the garden, the reader can almost see and smell the bright colors and array of different plants and shrubs – some in decorative containers, others as hanging vines. The entire garden was "veiled and shrouded in a drapery of hanging foliage" (Hawthorne 432). The plants in...

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