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Going To Meet The Man By James Baldwin And The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allen Poe Utilize Too Very Different Forms Of Horror, Baldwin Using Vivid,

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Horror is ingrained in human society, in our movies, in our music, in our stories. Horror is inescapable; it surrounds us, it envelops us. Horror is part of being human; in fact, the definition is being frightened or disgusted. There are two short stories, which truly fit this definition of horror, Going to Meet The Man by James Baldwin and The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Going to Meet The Man by James Baldwin and The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe utilize too very different forms of horror, Baldwin using vivid, disgust-provoking imagery, and Poe using terror to provoke fear, however both incorporate a similar theme, that man is capable of horrible atrocities.
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It’s in a 3rd person omnipotent point of view, and this is a major point in the story, as it goes from describing his adult life to his memory of being a child witnessing the lynching. The use of graphic images to enhance horror is used prevalently, and it works incredibly well for the story; it makes the story so powerful and so horrific.The story is also told almost lovingly from the narrator’s point of view. The point of view also makes it a coming of age story, further causing the discomfort of the reader.
The Tell Tale Heart is told in a first person flashback style. Both do use the flashback as a plot device, but it is used differently; James Baldwin uses it as a window to see when Mr. Jesse changes from an innocent child to a horrific human being and Edgar Allen Poe uses it as the main the narrator recounts the story. The language is very dynamic, changing as the narrator feels like. It is rather chaotic, and is in direct contrast to the ordered style of James Baldwin.
The settings of both stories are left rather vague. From what you can deduce from the narrator, The Tell Tale Heart takes place in a house. That is as specific as Poe got. Poe used the house as a reflection of the narrators psyche, and,...

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