Present examples of the two kinds of violence found in literature. Show how the effects are different.
The "two" examples of violence being: the specific injury that authors cause characters to visit on one another or on themselves, and the narrative violence that causes characters harm in general in which the characters are not responsible.
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I immediately thought of two Edgar Allan Poe short stories that would probably fit these requirements: "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." In both stories, Poe uses psychological terror to torment his victims. However, the deaths of the murdered men come in quite different ways. In "TT-TH," the narrator attacks and kills the old man before gruesomely dismembering the body. In "TCOA," Montressor inflicts death upon Fortunato in a much less violent manner, virtually without touching his doomed enemy. Although we never know for sure how or when Fortunato dies, it comes bloodlessly; he may die of a heart attack from the shock of his sudden predicament, or he may slowly die of starvation within the walled recess of the catacombs. In both cases, Poe describes the murders in a most calm and matter-of-fact manner, which adds to the creepy feel of both classic stories.
*for which the characters are not responsible.
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