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Ways Edgar Allen Poe created Tension in the"Tell Tale Heart".

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Poe uses a lot of repetition in the Tell Tale Heart and he does this to emphasize the narrator?s feelings and thoughts. The narrator often says ?very, very? while he is recounting the events. This is to show how acute his senses are and how sensitive he is to everything around him. It also builds up suspense when he repeats himself as it show that he is getting more and more excited as he is failing to notice what he is saying showing that something is going to happen. The ?evil eye? was a motif of the story that angered the narrator. He became paranoid because of his fixation to it. Poe used this repetition of the eye to show us how mentally unstable the narrator is to feel so paranoid about something like an eye and also to show his obsession and over acuteness to the eye. ...read more.

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From his behaviour we conclude that he is a mad, tensed and nervous individual that has an obsession with the evil eye. By using first person, Poe was able to show the reader how the narrator feels and was also able to make the reader question themselves as to whether the narrator is mad or not and as result question the facts of the story themselves. The factor that enhances this is that we are given very little information about the narrator. So little in fact that we don?t even know what gender the narrator is, though most people believe him to be man. Poe uses sound in a very effective way to create suspense and tension in the tell tale heart. ...read more.

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It tells that the murder is probably going to be short and quick, and as silent as possible. The fact that the word dull is used tells that the murder is probably something to do with covering something until it is lifeless. To mark the murder the ?bell sounded the hour?. This is relating to the hour of death giving us the sense that something is going to happen and it is probably the murder and we are anxious to know how it will end. It also gives out an ominous feeling of doom as the bell calls the narrator into action. Poe?s use of sound also makes us feel like we are in the narrator?s shoes which help?s us create a better visual image and also accelerates the amount of suspense we feel. ...read more.

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