• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Show how Edgar Allan Poe uses language to create atmosphere and describe the state of mind of the murderer

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Show how Edgar Allan Poe uses language to create atmosphere and describe the state of mind of the murderer. Consider how the modern reader might respond to this story. In this essay I will discuss the which language techniques Poe uses to create atmosphere and suspence. I will also show how he allows us to get into the mind of the murder and how he conveys his state of mind. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is the story of a man who decides to murder the old man he is living with. There is no apparent reason for this other than the old man's eye which 'resembled that of a vulture'. In the end he is driven mad by guilt and confesses to the murder. I think that this story was perfect for the time in Europe due to the 19th century fascination with the mind of 'madmen'. However, in America, Poes stories were rejected for their sordidity and gore. ...read more.

Middle

The murderer is also made to seem very obsessive, this makes his claims of sanity less and less belivable as the story progresses. His obsession with the murder of the old man becomes apparent when he claims how it 'haunted me day and night'. This obsession makes the murderer seem very intense and it helps to increase the atmosphere even more. At this stage Poe continues to use short sentences and a lot of punctuation to increase tension. Poe makes the murderer especially calm when he goes about murdering the old man, this makes him seem very disturbing as it shows how premeditated and serious the murder is. Also, the fact that the murderer is moving so slowly increases atmosphere and tension. Poe uses repetion of 'very, very slowly' to increase the suspence and to give the scene a sinister atmosphere. He uses this technique a lot during the story mostly to increase tension, however sometimes he uses it to slow down the pace of the story. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that the part of the story that would have been the most unacceptable in the social scene of america is the part where Por describes how the murderer hides his deed Another technique Poe uses is to adress the reader whenever the tension drops, I beleive that this is a clever way of increasing tension as it makes the reader want to continue to try and discover wht the murderer is talking about. Towards the end of the story Poe uses alot of punctuation, this is unlike the rest of the story so it helps to increase tension and atmosphere. The punctuation helps to give the story more rythym towards the end of the story. Poe uses many language techniques to great effect in 'The Tell-Tale Heart'. He uses most of the techniques to increase tension and suspence, however at one point he uses many of the same techniques to slow down the pace and level the tension. I beleive that he uses all his language techniques at the right moments in the story to give the desired effect. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Edgar Allan Poe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Edgar Allan Poe essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Edgar A. Poe build up suspense and tension in The Cask of ...

    3 star(s)

    This creates a very awkward and unsettling atmosphere for the reader, but it seems like that is exactly what Edgar A. Poe wanted to make with "The Cask of Amontillado". Montresor is enjoying (almost) every bit of it. At one point he "hesitated", he "trembled", though after calming down again

  2. How does Edgar Allan Poe keep the reader in suspence in 'The Tell tale ...

    First of all Poe starts by saying 'it haunted me day and night' then goes onto say 'he had the eye of a vulture' which really gives a good image as the reader should know what the vultures eye looks like...scary.

  1. Compare and contrast the narrative techniques used in three or more of Edgar Allan ...

    They are below in his house deep underground, and no one will be able to hear them because of the carnival going on above. In order to maintain that they were alone Montresor had tricked his servants into going to the carnival, "I had told them I should not return

  2. Compare and Contrast "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "A Confession ...

    This shows that narrator is on death row, with one more night to live. He wants to admit to what he has done. He'll do this and will tell the truth and no lies. In 'The Tell-Tale Heart' he also confesses early to the reader by saying 'how calmly I can tell you the whole story.'

  1. "The Raven" by Edgar A. Poe - oral commentary.

    Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore." Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, up starting - "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!

  2. Gothic Tales and Edgar Allan Poe

    Also in The Tell Tale Heart Poe uses many capitalised words and short, broken phrases to speed up the pace of parts of the account. "They heard! -- they suspected! -- they KNEW!" This shows how truly nervous and petrified the narrator is, and with the staggered, gaunt sentence structure

  1. Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" - A critical comparison.

    (Poe, 1843) This constant torment eventually did the man in and he came to the one and only conclusion which would allow him to be free from the glare of the eye, "...very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever" (Poe, 1843).

  2. What makes Poe's writing Gothic?

    identity under the pseudonym 'William Wilson' for fear of disgusting us further so heinous are his crimes. The story itself is merely a tool for Poe's exploration of the human psyche and our confessional and perverse, often to the point of being self-destructive side.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work