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Edgar Allan Poe and Charlotte Perkins Gilman were both successful in making the objects of their stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Yellow Wallpaper form their own identities and even points of reason through their use of syntax point of view and personification The authors use major characters in the first person participant to narrate both stories which supports the unreliable narrator This enhances the story by giving the reader added insight into a subject that he or she is less likely to understand or relate to Had the story had been told through any other point of view the reader would not have gotten as clear of a picture as to exactly what is going on in the minds of each character especially since craziness is not necessarily a quality that everyone can relate to The unreliable narrator also adds and edge to the stories Since the author had established or should I say destroyed the narrators credibility it adds mystery and room for questions in the readers mind a guessing game In Poes Tell Tale Heart he addresses the audience directly You fancy me mad Madmen know nothing But you should have seen me 34 Poe also intensifies the narrators emotions by the use of first person Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers- of my sagacity I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph 34-5 Near the storys end the narrators thought pattern begins to reflect his paranoia They heard -They suspected -They knew -They were making a mockery of my horror -this I thought and this I think 37 Gilmans narrator writes to herself as in a dairy of dead paper 470 With each entry her thoughts grow more and more abstract as she begins to believe more in her allege illness At the beginning of the story her thought pattern is still rational but somewhat disoriented I take phosphates or phosphites- whichever
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