Michael Katttes' Tell Tale Perception Paper

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Do emotions and perceptions influence and change a person’s reality? I believe they do, only because I have read three stories that have proven so. In the book Monster we have a young man charged of felony murder that escapes his reality by making an imaginary movie out of everything that is happening. In the short story of The Tell Tale Heart there is a mentally ill servant that kills an old man because of his eye, and in the Hitchhiker there man that is driving on his way to California when he encounters a strange man that follows him everywhere he goes. All of these people’s sense of reality is altered in some way, from their point of view; they see the world much differently than everybody else. The following paragraphs will explain more.
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He heard things that others did not. This is most evident after he killed the old man that he cared for. Other people say he’s crazy, but the caretaker himself doesn’t notice he is mentally ill. Only after he killed the old man did he show evidence that he was mad. On page 83 the caretaker hears a heartbeat and suspects it was the old man’s. The policemen in the room at the time heard nothing. The caretaker’s reality was altered by his acute sense of hearing. What the caretaker heard probably wasn’t a heartbeat at all it must have been something else, because how could he hear the old man’s heart if he was dead. It’s impossible; the poor man was probably just hearing things.
“I have seen movies of prison, nut never on like this. This isn’t a movie about bars and locked doors. It is about being alone and scared all the time.” Steve Harmon said this on page three and four in the book Monster. Steve was afraid of hated his reality, so he tried to escape it by making a movie script about his experience. Steve was arrested, and on trial for felony murder. He didn’t commit the crime but he’s in jail anyway. Being in jail was affecting Steve in a way. Prison was starting to make Steve feel guilty even though he knew he was innocent. Steve even thought, at a point, that he belonged in prison.
Emotions can change a person’s perceptions. I believe that. The caretaker killed the old man because of his weird eye. It was because of the way it chilled his bones, that he killed the man, but what about Adams, the man that saw a strange man that no one else could, and Steve, the boy who turned his life into a movie. Sometimes the way people see the world is different than the reality everyone else sees, sometimes there are things some hear that others cannot. It’s the way we feel and the way we see that affects our sense of reality. It can be strange sometimes, but emotions are a powerful thing. They can be a nuisance or a blessing, but it’s a thing mankind has to live with.

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