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1 Fortin 1 Heather Fortin English 161 Professor Lawler May 3, 2006 Desperate Measures In many of the works we’ve read this semester there are characters, including Iago in Othello and the narrator of the Tell-Tale Heart , that strive to reach a goal and in turn because obsessed and crazy trying to achieve it. Both Poe’s narrator and Iago are alike in that they are obsessed and will do anything in their power to achieve their goal. On one hand Poe’s narrator’s goal from the beginning is to kill the man with the blue eye, while on the other hand, Iago is trying to break apart Othello and Desdemona, and it was not his intention to have most of the people involved killed. The Tell-Tale Heart starts off with the narrator convincing the reader that he is not crazy. Though the reader may have doubts, they believe him. Especially when he tells how skillfully and creatively he worked to try and kill the blue-eyed man. We, the readers, believe that he is telling the truth and very sane, because he tells us the story with such detail. The reader begins to understand that this was not one of those killings that comes out of a fit of emotion.
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