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Compare And Contrast Of "The Goose Girl" By The Grimm Brothers And "The Tell Tale Heart" By Edgar Allan Poe

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Upon reading both short stories of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell- Tale Heart” and the Grimm Brothers “The Goose Girl” one can automatically see some resemblance and diversity between the two. For example both the chambermaid and the unnamed narrator use violence and manipulation to get what they both desire the most, murder is involved in both stories, and they don’t feel much remorse of what they do and it makes them happy. While both stories have correlations they also have a sense of their own unique differences such as in the Goose Girl, the chambermaid is greedy, jealous, condemned the original princess to take her place as a chambermaid and the princess and original chambermaid never got along. While in the short story “ A Tell-Tale heart” the unnamed narrator shows signs of having a mental illness, split personality and the unnamed narrator and old man got along very well.
The “A Tell-Tale Heart” short story is about the narrator taking care of an old man who can no longer take care of himself. He became obsessed with the old mans eye and would sneak into his room at night to watch his eye and watch the old man sleep. He had nothing against the old man; he was always nice and friendly. The only thing that bothered him was his eye and how it was “a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in [his] bones” (p. 304). One night while creeping into the old mans bedroom to watch for his eye, he made a noise with his thumb slipping upon the tin by accident and the old man sprang up. He was motionless for an hour till the old man lay back down. While trying to sneak out of the room the old man eyes were open to see him standing there and shrieked and the narrator saw upon his vulture eye. “Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant” (p. 305). The narrator finally had the adrenaline and courage to kill the old man and was finally at peace for he felt the eye and heart would haunt him no more. He dismembered the old mans body and stashed it away underneath the floorboards. Then he heard a knock at the door, the neighbors called them after hearing the old mans shriek. The narrator was completely confident the officers would not find anything so he invited them in and told them the shriek was from a nightmare he had. He let them have a tour to the old mans chambers and said he was away in the country and they had nothing to be alarmed about. After chatting with the officers for some time he started to hear a sound. The noise steadily increased and as it got louder and louder it drove him madder and madder until he lifted the planks of wood to reveal the dismembered body of the old man. He held up the heart and said “’ dissemble no more! I admit the deed! —Tear up the planks! Here, here! —It is the beating of his hideous heart!’”
So you can obviously see the narrator has some metal illness as he also said he can hear things form the heavens and in hell, and...

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