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Analysis. This passage comes from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, situated in the middle of the story

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EngB09Adv ? Fear Factor ? Passage Analysis From ?The Landlady? by Roald Dahl And now a queer thing happened to him. He was in the act of stepping back and turning away from the window when all at once his eye was caught and held in the most peculiar manner by the small notice that was there. BED AND BREAKFAST, it said. BED AND BREAKFAST, BED AND BREAKFAST, BED AND BREAKFAST. Each word was like a large black eye staring at him through the glass, holding him, compelling him, forcing him to stay where he was and not to walk away from that house, and the next thing he knew, he was actually moving across from the window to the front door of the house, climbing the steps that led up to it, and reaching for the bell. He pressed the bell. Far away in a back room he heard it ringing, and then at once ?it must have been at once because he hadn?t even had time to take his finger from the bell button?the door swung open and a woman was standing there. ...read more.


We can see in examples in the passage such as: ?And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it --oh so gently!?? ?Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in! I moved it slowly --very, very slowly,? and also ?And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously-oh, so cautiously ?cautiously?. The way he speaks clearly how insane the protagonist was because no ordinary person would ever admire himself and show that much of proudness for killing a man Next, the author uses the protagonist?s actions to increase the reader impression to a higher and much stronger level on the character?s insanity. Along with the use of descripted words and imagery through the passage, the reader can easily visualized the scenario of the story, creates stronger and more realistic sense that they can actually feel and lead to a better understanding of the character or more specifically, his insanity. Example from the passage of the author wise choice of characterization can be found such as: ?I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. ...read more.


He killed him not because he hates the man, it?s because of his eyes. It?s stated in the passage: ?And this I did for seven long nights --every night just at midnight --but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.? This is the point where the protagonist insanity is displayed very clearly to the reader since there is no reason for a normal person to kill a guy just because of his eye, just because that person does not like the guy?s eye. So we can see, throughout the whole passage, with using 3 methods of characterization which is through the character?s speeches, actions and thoughts, the idea of the protagonist?s insanity had been clearly revealed to the reader by Edgar Allan Poe very wisely and effectively. This choice of using the 3 methods in achieving his desired effect for the story had made the story very interesting to the people with the tense and suspenseful atmosphere it contains and all the exciting development in the plot that create curiosity. All together, they made up a great story. ...read more.

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