When I was little I had no way to cope with anything.
Looking back at it now, if I had those horror stories in my life I would have understood many things and coped with life a lot better than I how did. “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is appropriate for 8th graders because it helps young adults understand that life isn’t easy, it can help them understand what is wrong and right in their life, and they can also compare their life to the movies or books to understand what’s going on in their confusing life.The first reason is most of the time young adults don’t know when they’re doing something wrong, but horror can change that. In “Does violence have a place in children’s literature”, “Moustakis (1982) agrees, believing that in fairy tales, ‘a child meets his inner monsters … and vicariously masters them, over and over again with each tale’ . Although fairy tales often involve violent and dangerous situations, it is clear that stories such as these can have immeasurable value in a child’s life” (Creasy 3). They state that with horror stories children can meet their inner monsters and have control over them. With controlling their monsters like the murderous narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” they have learned what it right and wrong. With each story they learn more and more of what is right and wrong and how to maintain control over their life.
The second reason why 8th graders should be allowed to read “The Tell-Tale Heart” is adults often sugarcoat things. That can cause adolescents not to understand the severity of a situation. Horror can help an adolescent understand what adults say by comparing small things in life to horror movies/books. In “Doctor Who” the Doctor states, “‘You know when grownups tell you everything’s going to be fine and there’s nothing to be worried about, but you know they’re lying?’ says the Doctor to a young, mortified Amy Pond. ‘Uh Huh’ she replies, rolling her ten year old eyes dramatically.
The Doctor leans in, a wink in his eye and intimates… ‘Everything’s going to be fine'” (Moffat season 5 episode 1). Amy’s life was full of sadness from when her parents died when she was a child. Amy Pond didn’t learn how to cope with things and couldn’t understand anything since her aunt didn’t care enough to teach her. Yes, her parents did die and she was alone and scared so in this case sugarcoating would “help”; however, a child’s curiosity is limitless and this could lead to her hurting herself. “The Tell-Tale Heart” would have been such a great story for Amy to read because it would feed her curiosity and at the same time she’ll learn the value of literature.
The frightening words that were weaved into the story would have made Amy think “what is wrong that narrator” “why would he kill the old man for his eye?”. A Simple thought but yet still distracted her from her own sad life.Lastly, stories like “The Tell-Tale Heart” can help adolescents understand that life is not always “butterflies and rainbows”. The text “Does Violence Have a Place in Children’s Literature” states, “Even Whitehead, a woman committed to non-violent literature for children, is quoted in Nimon’s (1993) article as saying, ‘There is a need for books which help young people face reality, however distasteful that reality may be'” (Creasy 31). Children or teens reading “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a story about the murder of an innocent man, and other horror stories can make them understand that life isn’t perfect.
Even some authors agree with the fact that the these scary stories make them understand the ugly world in which they live in. Horror in many ways can help young adults; however, but I can only state a few reasons to show how this genre can have a good impact on many adolescent’s life—From showing them what’s right and wrong, how to understand life in a better way, the reality of the world, and how it’s not always nice. In many occasions, a simple horror story can have a great impact on someone’s life. Bibliography Creasey, Megan.
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Holt McDougal. 2014. Print