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While they may seem similar in many ways the narrators of both The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat are actually very different The means by which each are exposed in the end are completely different their amount of sanity or lack thereof is another characteristic that separates the two men along with the amount of planning involved in the murders that each of the men committed These are three major reasons that make these two men different The first narrator we will look at is the gentleman in The Black Cat This man is exposed simply due to his own arrogance In tapping on the wall covering his wife and ultimately the cat he displayed a great amount of arrogance In the end of The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator admits to the crime he has committed simply because he is completely consumed with a mixture of guilt and fear The bottom line however is that our first narrator causes his own downfall through his over-confident tap on the wall whereas the second is simply insane This brings us to our next difference Sanity Both narrators feel the need to point out to the reader that they are indeed sane however only one of them really is Who is it Why it is none other than the narrator from The Tell-Tale Heart While he says that he is undoubtedly sane he continually displays traits of the token schizophrenic or psychopath The way he obsessed over something as simple as an eye the way he planned every step out ever so carefully and the way he executed his plan and then took it a step further are all red flags that suggest that hes got some lose screws In the heat of a moment one can easily make decisions that they normally wouldnt makekilling ones wife is defiantly one such decision To plan however the death of another human being is totally different
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