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

The tell tale heart.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The tell tale heart "The Tell - Tale heart" by Edgar Allen Poe is set in a house belonging to an old man. Poe writes the story from the perspective of the murderer. This adds to the horror of the story. By continuously stressing that he is not mad the, Poe creates a situation where the tension and nervousness of the narrator is felt by the reader. This short story has lots of symbolism. To the narrator, the eye symbolizes evil; to the audience, the beating heart symbolizes a guilty conscience, and the man may even sybolise the "dark side" of the human race often connected with Gothic literature. The style and theme of the story is identical to that of Gothic Literature. The theme is based on a "dark side" of human nature found in everyone. ...read more.

Middle

For the man, the eye also symbolized evil. The line "whenever it fell on me; my blood ran cold," infers that the man is gripped by irrational fear. He is not just afraid of the old man's eye, but more what it symbolised: Evil. This pushed him over the edge. I think the eye "vexed" him more because eyes are sometime seen as a window into the soul of the person. Poe uses retorical questions at the beginning to persuade the reader that he is not mad. "How, then am I mad?" This makes the reader wonder what the person has done that is so bad. Similarly, the pauses at the beginning not only build tension, but they also communicate the fact that it is very hard for him to relay these events. ...read more.

Conclusion

One poses the ultimate burning retorical question of whether the man is mad or not, Madness being a theme of Gothic literature. The way he insists he is not suggests that he is hiding the truth, but if he were really mad then he would not suspect it. Maybe he is being truthful; he can't see why so many people think he is mad. The sound of the heart that no one else hears definitely infers that he is mad. Though the beating heart also sybolises his guilty conscience. It troubles him while the police are there. He starts to realise that what he did was wrong. But surely if he was mad he would have no conscience. He has become tangled up in the evil he hoped to get rid of. So the answer to the question is left up to you. Do you believe that every human has a dark side and that that this evil dark side is only revealed when the individual is "pushed over the edge?" ...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. 'The Tell Tale Heart' is a story about a man who killed an old ...

    In my opinion I think that this is no good reason for killing a human being the is like me killing someone because they have ginger hair whereas is 'The fruit at the bottom of the bowl' William Acton has a good enough reason about killing Huxley well maybe not

  2. Edgar Allan Poe 'Tell Tale Heart' and 'the fall of the house of Usher

    reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR' This shows the depth of Roderick's despair and we can feel his terror, however question the stability of his mind. Poe then introduces Madeline, Roderick's sister into the story. She appears and disappears almost in a ghostly fashion.

  1. The Tell Tale Heart.

    like that which he touched he cleaned the whole house the walls, the couch absolutely everything which was a sign of big paranoia from Acton. The character in 'The Tell Tale Heart' had a lot of conversations throughout the story but all the conversations were to himself.

  2. How Far Does 'The Fall of The House of Usher' Meet With The Conventions ...

    This could refer back to the narrators own emotions but I think it probably reflects the atmosphere of the house, also described as "dull" and "dark". Poe also compares the narrators feelings to the "after dream of the reveller upon opium".

  1. What makes Poe's writing Gothic?

    However rather than conforming to classic Gothicism, despite the fact that these themes are all present in his stories, Edgar Allen Poe enhances and expands Gothic literature with fascinations with psychology, the human mind and science and technology. He also has been attributed with the invention and development of the

  2. With which of the two murderers do you feel sympathy for in the short ...

    generic term for all German tribes- came to stand for 'Barbarous'; and later, what was said to be barbarous, came to be known as gothic. The term gothic also came to represent the medieval culture of the long years of the Dark Ages.

  1. Poe's mark on American Literature.

    By paralleling the American's progress into the heart of a new and unknown area, Poe could describe the hardships of which the Americans had to endure. Through this method, those who weren't at the heart of the matter could understand what the Americans were doing, and why they were doing it.

  2. 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' 'The Tell Tale Heart' And ...

    I say this because the murderer from 'The Tale-Tale Heart' is a man, who becomes obsessed with the sound of his victim's still-beating heart. Edgar Allan Poe uses this obsession for the main build up at the end, when the murderers insanity gets more and more intense.

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