The Mummy’s Foot and The Tale Tell Heart

The Mummy’s Foot and The Tale Tell Heart are narratives that cleverly incorporate figurative language to help the reader develop a sound picture of what the stories are about. As one goes through the two tales, he or she can identify various forms of figurative language which include similes, metaphors, personification, symbolism and much more. These examples of figurative speech contribute to the overall build-up of the story. It is, therefore, necessary to identify the similarities and differences in the use of figurative language as used by the two authors.

Both stories employ the use of similes to help stimulates the reader's imagination while they pass forward the necessary information. In the Tell-Tale Heart one can identify the use of a simile which states “It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” (3). Here the narrator was demonstrating to the author how the old man’s heartbeat was increasing his anger and therefore compared it to how a soldier gains courage for was through the beating of a drum. In the Mummy’s Foot, the author also uses similes severally to help elevate the level of imagination for the reader. For instances the author states “His hands—thin, slender, full of nerves which projected like strings upon the fingerboard of a violin, and armed with claws like those on the terminations of bats' wings—shook with senile trembling”(----). Here the author needed the reader to develop the image of thin arms with projected vei

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