Life and the Truth

The theme, truth can be deceived depending on the perspective that it it being told from, is revealed in Monster by Walter Dean Myers and The Tale-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan poe, even through the text are structured differently. The reality of truth is based on the narrator’s perception of the text.

The bookMonster by walter Dean Myers is about a 16 year old boy named Steve Harom who is on trial for partaking in a murder and a robbery. Walter Dean Myers writes the book in the form of it being a movie or film script. Some parts of the book add notes that came from Steve’s diary while the trial was going on. The book is titled, Monster because, that is how the prosecution sees steve as. Steves main objective is to get the prosecution to see that he is not a bad person. On page 82. Of Monster, If the jury sees it as a contest between the defence and the prosecution as to who’s lying, they’ll vote for the prosecution. The prostuter walks around looking very important. No one is accusing her of being a bad person. They’re accusing you of being a monster. The jury ask itself, Why should the prosecutor lie? This shows where Steve has to change the prostitution perspective of him. During the story Steve gives us and the prostitution reasons to suspect that he was involved with the murder and the robbery. During the trial steve admits that he hates jail so much, to us if he hates jail so much then why would he commit crime that will put him in a place that he hates so much. During the trail, with the prostion way on seeing Steve and teaches Steve about understanding oneself that he now process.

The Tell – Tale Heart shows the same conception as the book Monster. The story The Tell- Tale by Edgar Allan Poe is about the narrator who kills an old man because of the color of his eyes freak him out. The narrator objective is to prove that he’s not crazy or mad. The olds man eyes were blue and to the narrator this resemble the eyes of a vulture. Then the narrator cuts ups the old man body parts and hides them under the floor in the old man room. The police men then comes to old man’s door saying, A schrick had been heard by a neighbor during the night ; suspicion of foul play had been aroused. The narrator lets the policemen in without hesitation and then acts as there nothing wrong, then starts hearing the old man heart beating. This frightens the narrator and confesses because he feels the guilt and snaps and confesses to killing the old man. While the story is going on Allen shows the tension and suspension as the narrator shows different sides of his madness. This show the same conception as monster by the way that the narrator tried to make us see that he is not mad in the beginning but then in the end he proves to us as the reader that yes he is crazy. In paragraph 1 of The Tell – Tale the narrator says, How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly i can tell you the whole story. This shows us how the narrator wants to prove that he is not crazy.

Both text, The Tell- Tale and Monster show that,the reality of truth is based on the narrator’s perception on the story even tho the text are structured differently. Monster is set up as a scripted text, this helps Steve separate himself from what the prosecution and the gurly have to say about him. In The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator tries to make himself and the reader that he’s not crazy and tells us what happens exactly throughout the story. That’s why the story shows a lot of repetition throw out the story, I undid the lantern cautiously -oh, so cautiously – cautiously. In Monster, Walter tries tricking us into making us believe that that steve isn’t what the prosecution say he is. In the Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator tricks himself into think that he’s not crazy but we can see that is is because he cut up an innocent old man and put his body under the olds man floor.

This shows that truth of something is is only based on who’s telling the story or situation. Both of the stories show that whoever is telling it will be there truth of the story. The Tell-Tale Heart show that the narrator is crazy and what happened wasn’t really what had happen. This ties into the clam the reality of truth is based on the narrator’s perspective. The narrators of both stories tell the story from there point of view.

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