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The Tell-Tale Heart 1843 written by Edgar Allan Poe and The Vandals 1994 written by Alice Munro are two gothic short stories which deal with inexplicable psychotic behaviours In the first story The Tell-Tale Heart an insane man kills and dismembers an old man for no sane explainable reason In The Vandals a young womans childhood is catapulted into the future where the reader is left in the dark about the reasoning for her outrageous behavior From the paranoid intense tone in The Tell Tale Heart to the more sedate mundane tone of the Vandals we can see that gothic behaviors and elements exist in both stories yet each represents a different point in the development of the genre Pychotic behaviours exist in both stories In The Tell Tale Heart where the pychotic behaviours are more profound and noticeable to the internal pychological difficulties experienced by Liza in the Vandals The reader can immediately detect that the narrator in The Tell Tale Heart is insane as he attempts to convince the audience otherwise True-- nervous-- very very nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I am mad The disease had sharpened my senses-- not destroyed-- not dulled them Above all was the sense of hearing acute I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth I heard many things in hell How then am I mad Hearken and observe how healthily-- how calmly I can tell you the whole story Poe 19 The narrator is aware of his pychological problems and his attempts to convince the reader otherwise just confirms our asumptions Even his illogical reasoning for the death of the old man gives the audience insight to how insane this man really is He even admitted to loving the old man yet the fact that he had the eye of a vulture Poe 19 drove him mad He wanted to rid himself of the eye
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