Examples Of Pride In The Tell Tale Heart

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By lurking through the dark side of the human psyche through Poe and Hawthorne writhing, both of the author touch upon the view that pride and guilt would lead to the protagonist downfall. In Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator justify and confirms his murdering of an old man to the three police officers. The most physical violence occurs during the murder of the old man, but the acute violence develop when the narrator felt pride for the action he committed and then fails to escape the guilt for his sin. Afterwards, this would lead to the narrator’s insanity and start to develop guilt. Like Poe, Hawthorne explores the strength of pride in the innocence of the protagonist’s community. In Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman…show more content…
Brown would meet a mysterious person with a serpent staff and would venture off to the farthest part of the forest with him, where he soon learns that the Christians in his town are guilty of sins. He fails to accept the guilt of the people in his town and his life ends as he loses faith in God and his companions. Although, Poe and Hawthorne utilize a different form of pride, both clarify that if one allows it, the pride one seek for, would destroy him when they encounter guilt felt from the action they have done. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe creates a protagonist who takes care of an old man and murder him, which gave him pride that did not last very long as his guilt sets into his mind for the sin he had created. He believes that everything he planned acted out accordingly, after he killed the old and hides the body under the floor. The authorities had been deputed to search the premises because of a loud scream in the middle of the night. The caretaker was confident and had no fear of them checking the house and he pulled out chairs for the officers to sit: “In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from

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