Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast
We will compare and contrast the plot of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. We will compare the ways the characters behave, how they act and the reasons of their behavior. What is almost equal in these stories are the facts that the people described in these stories are lonely and in the fond of their souls they did not want to harm anyone. The loneliness makes them act his way and both authors have shown the desperate motives of a man and a woman who did not see the way out of their situations.

"The Yellow Wallpaper" details the unreliable narrator's descent into madness, and "The Tell-Tale Heart" describes the narrator who insists he is sane. In the plot of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a depression of a woman is described. Woman’s mind is plagued with anxiety and it can only deteriorate and later it is forced into inactivity, when in the Edgar Allan Poe shows us an unnamed narrator, who insists he is healthy and completely sane, and who in reality is suffering from a disease which causes "over-acuteness of the senses".

In the story of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a woman may be suffering from postpartum psychosis and she is treated as a powerless patient. In a story, a woman, who supposedly suffers from postpartum psychosis, describes that the longer the one stays in the bedroom, the more the wallpaper appears to mutate and change. As described in the story, a woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper" has recently gave birth to a child and may be suffering from postpartum psychosis.
If to compare with a woman from the story "The Yellow Wallpaper", a man in story "The Tell Tale Heart" is suffering from a disease which, as a consequence causes "over-acuteness of the senses", but he claims that he is not insane. As a result, a man in the story "The Tell Tale Heart" commits a crime, and after that he begins to hear a faint noise. This man, described by Edgar Allan Poe, suffers from a disease, and claims that he loves the old man, and hates only his eye.
In the story "The Tell Tale Heart", an author shows that a man is later shocked by the constant beating of the heart of the man he killed and also he has a feeling that the officers are hear the sound as well, and in contrast, in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" a woman is creeping around the room and touches the wallpaper and then later exclaims - "I’ve got out at last", as described in Thoreau and the Deathwatch in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”.

In both stories a man and a woman are suffering from the diseases, they do not have a proper support from their family and that is why they cannot get cured, they have no perspective. And, consequently, they do what they consider they have to deal with. They invent things, they imagine and act. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a first-person narrative of an unnamed and also unreliable narrator, when "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a story told in the first-person perspective, as described in Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper. In "The Yellow Wallpaper" it is clearly shown the "domestic sphere" where women belonged in the 19th century, when in "The Tell-Tale Heart" it is accurately described that a person is truly mad in spite of the facts of insanity defense, which took place in the 1840s. In "The Tell-Tale Heart" scientific rational mind and imaginative are represented, and in "The Yellow Wallpaper" represents the treatment of madness and powerlessness.

Works cited

Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper. 1913. Web. 14 September 2010.
Thoreau and the Deathwatch in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. 1971. Web. 14 September 2010.

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