In Anton Chekhov and “The Tell Tale Heart”

In many literary works a general theme is that humans are easily influenced into showing negative behaviors. Negative behaviors come from the characters emotions. As shown in the stories “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov and “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.In “The Bet” a banker and a lawyer show negative behaviors. In the beginning of the story the banker says that Capital Punishment is more humane than Solitary Confinement. The lawyer states the opposite, the banker was so opinionated so much so that he bet the lawyer 2 million dollars to go into solitary confinement.

According to the text the banker said “It’s not true! I’ll bet you two million dollars you wouldnt stay in solitary confinement for five years”. The banker thought he was so right that he bet two million dollars to prove his point. The consequence for this was that he felt guilty for wasting the lawyer’s life and he was mad about losing 2 million dollars. Another example of this negative behavior was when the lawyer agreed to go into Solitary Confinement for money and because he was also very opinionated. For example after the lawyer received the bet he said ” i’ll take the bet, but I would not stay five but fifteen years”.

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He did this because he was greedy and he wanted to prove himself right as well. The consequences for this was that he became extremely lonely and very sick because he had no sunlight and wasn’t active enough. The banker also tried to kill the lawyer because the lawyer was almost done with the bet, and he didn’t have any money because he spent it all on alcohol and in stocks. The text states “fifteen years before, his millions had been beyond his reckoning; now he was afraid to ask himself which were greater, his debts or his assets.

” The banker was inclined to do this because he thought money was the most important thing in life.In “The Tell Tale Heart” the narrator conveyed very negative behaviors. Such as when he was trying to kill an old man just because of his eye. According to the text he said “I loved the old man.

He had never wronged me.” and “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself the eye forever.” This negative behavior caused the cops to arrest him. He did this because he was a madman.The narrator also was such a madman that he stalked the man for 7 days, but then the old man heard him, the narrator was scared that the neighbors could hear the old man’s heartbeat, so he strangled the old man.


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