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Can You Go Insane From Emotions?

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Do emotions influence someone’s perspective about reality? Emotions can change someone’s perception about reality because, In the Stories Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Tall Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, The hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher, and The Elevator by Williams Sealtor, we see that the narrators/Main character’s perception about reality is changed because of their emotions, therefore, the characters emotion’s affect their sense of reality in various ways. In Tall Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, the protagonist (The murderer) hears things in his mind because he is worried about the cops finding out that he murdered the old man. In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Steve (The ...view middle of the document...

The protagonist’s emotions were making him think he’s sane, but he was acting insane and looking at reality in a completely different way. In his mind, the old man was just staring at him, but in the main characters mind, the old man had a vulture eye that made his blood ran cold. Since the main character thought the old man was staring at him because the old man wanted to, it made the main character murder the old man.

In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Steve is dumbstruck by the things that happen in jail; therefore he sees his reality as a movie so he can escape from all the dreadful things that happen at the jail. “The things the people do in here are hard to believe, that’s why I need the movie, to help me escape reality”. In the court, the judges think that Steve is guilty because he’s black and he is in a jumpsuit, when really, Steve is innocent. At the crime scene, Steve says that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Petroceli also thinks that Steve is guilty just like the judges do because the same reasons the judges do, but Steve was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

In The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher, Adam is scared of the old man that sees him every turn he takes so he thinks that the old man is a ghost. At the end of the story, Adam finds out he died earlier that day and that his mom went to the hospital, this makes Adam realize that he is a ghost, this happens later in the text when Adam is talking through the telephone. When Adam realizes he is a ghost, he is so dumbstruck that all his reality has change. Adam was so convince that the old man was a ghost that he forgot that the old man could have been a stranger and not a ghost when...

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