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For this essay choose one of the stories from Units 1-7 of your literature lessons. Imagine that you are the author of the story and using first person point of view introduce yourself, your story, and state the theme of your story. Then explain how you (as the author) conveyed that theme in your work. Stay true to what you know of the author's personality and beliefs. Be sure to use direct quotes and support from the story to enhance your essay and give it credibility. You cannot get full credit without providing support from the text. Your essay should be 1-2 paragraphs in length and have at least 3 specific pieces of evidence that support your answer. I chose Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart
Hello. My name is Edgar Allan Poe. You might know me from my famous, yet macabre stories. Despite the content of my stories, people appreciate the way I weave certain ideas into the stories and poems I have written. For instance, my incredible story, The Tell-Tale Heart told of how two powerful emotions, love and hate, can affect the choices that one might make. For example, in the story, the main character states: "I loved the old man.', but this didn't stop him from killing the old man (132). You've probably heard the saying "There's a thin line between love and hate.". When I was creating my story, I pondered over this a good amount of times. I wanted people to not only say that phrase, but understand the meaning behind it through my story. What baffled me was what kind of character could I possible use that would fit the role of a man claiming to love someone but killing them for such a petty reason. Then I realized, what better person to use than a madman? A man who would justify his actions with what he believes is right despite knowing that everyone thinks its in fact, wrong! I carefully wrote the story, making sure to stress how much my character loved the old man. "I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire." (132) Now I had to tell the reader why, despite how much he liked him, the main character wanted to get rid of him, to show how the hatred for it decided his choice. "I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture...Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees--very gradually--I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." (132) I continued to write my story, showing how much hatred he had for the eye, "...for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye", and how carefully he planned the murder, "And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it--oh so gently!" (133)
Did I answer everything needed to be addressed? Its not entirely finished since I need to close it and explain a little more about how I, as Poe,
wrote it, but so far so good?
So far, so very good. On the superficial side, you're missing a few commas, but you can think about those later, when you're proofing.
:D yea, English isn't exactly my strong point :P Thanks!
You're doing fine . . . commas will be easy to sort out when you turn your mind to it. The more important part is the content and the flow, and I see your writing improving.
It's back to work for me . . . that was a nice way to start the day though. Thanks for that. :)