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Assessing the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Poe.

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Introduction

The Tell-Tale Heart Bye Edgar Poe Poe does a good job of creating suspense by telling the story from first-person perspective, which lets you see through the narrator's cruel intentions in mind. He also makes the narrator talk to the reader by using "but why will you say I am mad" or "now you think I drew back - but no" thus making you more involved in the story. The narrator's irrational obsession with an innocent man who he has no quarrel with " I loved the old man" he says "he had never wronged me" yet his commitment to take the old man's life thus "riding my self of the evil eye forever" is rather insane and scarring. The narrator explains the way he carried out the murder in a quite relaxed manner sometimes he even seems to enjoy his cruelty. "I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph" and even expects you to enjoy it too! "oh you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust in!" ...read more.

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For a writer at that time Poe didn't seem to use many archaic words but he used some Archaic words and sentences; Very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, Was it possible they heard not?, Chamber, hearken. Poe's description of sound is also very strong he uses metaphors and similes to make his description of sound more powerful "it increased my fury as the beating of the drum stimulates the soldier in to courage." "it was four o'clock, still dark as midnight." Poe ability to describe things (again) makes the story interesting "a pale blue eye with a film over it" "His eye resembles that of a vulture" which makes you believe that the old man did have a very horrible eye and haunted the narrator. Poe uses a lot of repetitions in his sentences to slow down the pace of the story and to set a scene of creepiness "..it was open -wide, wide open" "I moved in slowly - very, very slowly" "I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, so that no light shone out" "but he had found all in vain. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Villians," I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here! Here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!" I like short stories and the Tell-Tale Heart story fascinated me a lot. The genre of the story might be horror. But to me chopping the old man's limbs in to pieces was too ferocious to be scary. The most fascinating thing about Tell-Tale Heart is when you finish reading it you still have puzzles in your mind that need to be solved like; Does the narrator have any reason to fear the old man or his eye? Is it this phobia that evokes the dark side? was the narrator really mad?. Since it is widely believed that mad people don't feel guilt. How could it be possible for the narrator to feel guilty conscience at the end and admit to the murder if he was mad? Could he have been not mad but the old man's Evil eye haunted him to commit this crime? Well-it is an open debate, and that's the mystery of this story, you can guess the motive but you will never be sure what made the narrator commit this horrible crime. Abdinuur GUUSHAA GCSE English Essay 1 ...read more.

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