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  1. The Tell Tale Heart. I believe the narrator is insane because for some strange reason, the narrator was obsessed with the old mans eye.

    He grew furious when he did see the eye and new inside that he must murder this old man because of his eye to soothe his, and it took him eight days to do so and I bet if he had the chance on the first day he would have murdered him then. It is hard to imagine why a person's eye would bother another person enough to kill, but some people are truly mad.

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  2. How does poe create tension in BBC and TTH

    In both stories Poe uses a variety of techniques to convey his dramatic version of the gothic horror genre. He uses repetition through the rule of three, punctuation and simple sentences, settings and pathetic fallacy, the main homodiegetic narrator and innocent side characters as well as some significant supernatural events. These all help achieve the effective, dramatic gothic horror story. Another technique used by Poe is repetition including the use of the rule of 3. In 'the tell tale heart' the pace of the story quickens when Poe used the repetition in the rule of three.

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  3. Edgar Allen Poe

    In the Cask of Amontillado, the story began at around dusk during a carnival season. But this location suddenly jumped, as Fortunato was lured back to Montresor's house and into the catacomb. The readers can see the obvious antithesis as the carnival alludes to happiness, life and the joyful social interactions and the catacomb symbolises evil, darkness and death. 'Passed through long walls of piled skeletons...' 'Moisture trickle among the bones.', 'walls lined with human remains...' These repeated hints of the bones lining the catacomb walls foreshadow the story's descent into the underworld and Fortunato walking to his death.

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  4. The Fall of the House of Usher- Essay

    "The Fall of the House of Usher" is typical of Poe's short stories in that it presents a narrator thrust into a psychologically intense situation in which otherworldly forces conspire to drive at least one of the characters insane. Firstly, the setting of "The Fall of the House of Usher" plays an integral part in the story because it establishes an atmosphere of dreariness, melancholy, and decay. The intro takes place in the Usher family mansion, which is isolated and located in a "singularly dreary tract of country."

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  5. Comparison between "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "Stone Cold" by Robert Swindells.

    Although he can hear it extremely loudly in his ears the police can't hear it at all. So he tells the police what he had done. I think this is a clever way of expressing the man's insanity and it sets the scene well. Robert Swindells' "Stone Cold" however is slightly different. At the beginning of Daily routine Orders 15, Shelter, who is insane, is laughing this shows that he is mad because he also does this at the end of the chapter.

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  6. Edgar Allan Poe

    Both parents died when Edgar was 3 years old. Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia. Although his middle name is often misspelled as "Allen," it is actually "Allan," after this family. After attending the Manor School at Stoke Newington, Poe attended the Reverend John Bransby's Manor House boarding school in the fall of 1818. The Manor House was located in the village of Stoke Newington, only four miles north of London. Poe moved back to the Allans in Richmond in 1820.

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  7. Comment on the techniques used by Poe in the short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and evaluate Poes success in the creating a supernatural story

    To understand the story you need to know about the cultural, historical and social side of the story. Poe's short story was influenced by Jack the ripper and the white chapel murders also at that time scientists were experimenting with drugs such as opium which changed peoples personalities. Most pre 1914 writers were on this drug which would explain why the narrator appears insane throughout the text. Poe uses the gothic elements such as death and darkness to add suspense and a scary feel to the piece.

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  8. Romanticism in "The Fall of the House of Usher"

    As someone would enter the house they would notice the gothic like antique furniture including the dark draperies. When the reader is first introduced to Usher, he is described with features resembling the house, very distinctive and has a gloom over him. Since Usher has never left his house he has taken on the same personality and characteristics of it. After Usher and his sister both die falling, the house collapses also.

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  9. A Poe analysis of the Grimm Brothers

    When the Grimm brothers wrote their stories, they wrote them to begin with, as an extension to their medieval studies. They never planned to be a writer according to the research; they simply discovered a talent for it as life progressed. While their work was published in their lifetimes, they could never have known that there stories would progress around the globe, and into the mind of any every child's head as a form of entertainment. Almost every person in the world has heard at least one of the works of the Grimm brothers, and like Poe said, this kind of reconition can only happen after you are dead.

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  10. The similarities and differences between ways in which murder is depicted in "The Tell-Tale Hearts", "The Black Cat" and "Call It Madness" "Buried the axe in her brain". Very graphic depiction of death appears in all 3 of the stories

    The murderer describes a lot of emotion towards his killing of Pluto, 'who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not', in an attempt to tell the audience his reasons for murder he explains that he killed Pluto because he knows it was the wrong thing to do. The cat is killed in a blunt and brutal way but with heartbreak and 'the bitterness remorse'.

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  11. How Does the Tell Tale Heart Fulfil Your Expectations of A Gothic Story

    'I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed, crying out --"Who's there?" I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour, I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime, I did not hear him lie down. He was still sitting up in the bed listening; --just as I have done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall.'

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  12. The Tell-Tale Heart How does the author make his story-telling effective? Edgar Allan Poe made this story special for the reader. It is a study of paranoia

    It could as well be a young man or an old lady. While he tells his tale, the narrator uses a cold and factual tone. He uses a lot of vocabulary in reference with death and suffering, as to create an atmosphere where the reader could feel uneasy, such as "Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold." The narrator stresses the reader that he is not mad, and tries to convince him of that fact by showing how carefully his crime was planned and executed. " You fancy me mad.

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

    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. The story starts with a very abrupt attention gtabbing opening. The word 'TRUE' not only starts the story with a burst of tension, it also makes the reader want to read on further to try and find out what is true.

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  14. Compare and contrast 'The Black Cat', 'The Cask Of Amontillado' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe.

    In all three of the stories a murder is present and the narrators are the murderers. There is another significant difference between the 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and 'The Cask Of Amontillado' in the latter the murderer and narrator remains free and is not punished for his crime whereas the murderers in 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' were caught and punished whether through there own guilt or self-confidence. A major difference between the three stories is the style of the murders; the murder in 'The Black Cat' was one of passion unplanned and very careless,

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  15. The tell tale heart.

    The theme is based on a "dark side" of human nature found in everyone. This side is mostly hidden, but it can emerge when a person is "pushed over the edge." Fear pushes them over the edge and towards the dark side. The narrator tells the story from his point of view but also speaks to the reader. "Now at this point you fancy me mad." Though when reading the story it soon becomes clear that the reader is talking more to himself than t the reader, trying to first persuade himself that he is not mad.

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  16. Discuss Poe's use of Setting.

    Poe uses setting in his stories in very diverse ways, to develop themes, express a state of mind and to create horror. He uses different types of setting for example physical setting and location, setting of time and setting of the psychological mind of the narrator. These three types of setting work together to produce elements of the genre of gothic literature and also to reflect incidents and influences of Poe's life. . In a way Poe's real life reflects the lives of the characters in his stories for example he was a heavy drinker, his marriage was troubled and there were rumours that he died from rabies.

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  17. Analysis of Edgar Allan Poe - "The Raven".

    The man imagines that the raven has come to retrieve him of his anguish and imagines like all other blessings of his life, the bird will leave. The Climax of the poem is when the narrator faces his confused and disordered world and in his madness he cries out, "Get three back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!" Poe has an extensive use of vocabulary and there is a use of ancient and poetic language, which seems appropriate, since the poem is about a man spending most of his time with the books of the "forgotten Lore".

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  18. Show how the writers build up mystery and suspense by looking at four short stories that have been written by " Guy de Maupasant, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles dickens".

    In the second story "the necklace" it is about a girl which dreams of being rich and have bountiful clothes but she is from a poor family so she marries a civil servant one day he comes home with tickets to a fancy ball at his work but she don't want to go because she would have nothing to wear so he gives here 400 francs to bye a dress so she goes out and byes the best dress she can find then she has nothing to wear as jewelry so she goes to her rich friend and she lends

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  19. Assessing the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Poe.

    "oh you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust in!" which makes you believe he is really insane and you want to find out what he is about to do next. The narrator talks about spying on the old man every night at midnight watching over him in his sleep to see if he can see the Evil eye open so he can get rid of it, and then talk about how nicely he is to the old man during the day which is rather cold and makes you sense what he is capable of and that creates suspense on the reader.

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  20. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl', written by Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury are two short stories of murders committed by two disturbed people.

    He cut the old man's body up and placed different parts of the body under the floorboards. Later on the young man starts hearing the sounds of the old mans heartbeat ringing in his ears and it gets louder and louder and he finally turns himself in. In 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' William Acton's wife had left him for Huxley. Acton went to Huxley's house looking for his wife and ended up killing Huxley by strangling him to death.

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  21. Compare and Contrast" The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar-Alan-Poe With "Confession Found In A Prison" By Charles Dickens

    The reasons for the murders are similar because the victim is looking at the narrator or murderer funnily and the victims are similar because they both live with the narrator or murderer. The speed of deciding to murderer the victim in "Confession Found In A Prison" took weeks and in "The Tell Tale Heart" it took days. The murderer in "The Tell Tale Heart" spent the nights leading up to the murder practising opening the bedroom door with out a sound, he spent hours pushing the door open bit by bit.

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  22. Explore the ways E.A. Poe uses his narrators to create a sense of terror and suspense

    The narrators are very descriptive of the other characters in the stories and this really adds atmosphere, and makes the reader feel as if they are part of the tale. For example, in 'The Tell Tale Heart', Poe describes the old man- "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over it." He often uses similes and metaphors, which also helps and makes symbols using characters or objects he mentions, for example, in 'The Pit and the Pendulum', he describes the candles on a table, as angels, next to the jury that was about to sentence him to death by torture, as images of the devil.

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  23. ‘Milk for the Cat’ and ‘A Case of Murder’

    There was a boy who hated the cat and he dumped the cat in a spidery cupboard under the stair. The Cat in 'Milk for the Cat' is quite stubborn because she has to have her milk and in the end she gets it. The cat in 'A Case of Murder' is quite innocent because she didn't do anything to the boy. The people in 'Milk for the Cat' are eating and are laughing while two old ladies are stroking their silk.

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  24. Undermilkwood and The Fall of The House of Usher rely on the richness of the language to capture the interest of the audience. Discuss the truth of this statement.

    However, the darkness is used very differently in each piece of literature. "Undermilkwood" is a short play for voices where as "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a gothic horror story. "Undermilkwood" has an all-encompassing atmosphere that creates a protective and gentle atmosphere. Although the two pieces of literature are set in different seasons they both sound similar. "Undermilkwood" is set on a dark spring night where as "The Fall of the House of Usher" is set in autumn to create an atmosphere of decay and darkness. Edgar Allen Poe shows this by writing, "...upon the bleak walls, upon the vacant eye like windows upon a few rank sedges and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees..."

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  25. Explore the similarities and differences between Collete’s “The Murderer” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe.

    The narrator uses short sentences that are filled with active verbs to describe the story. Whereas the mood in "The Murderer" is quite calm and non-threatening. There is no haste to the words. This is very different to "The Tell-Tale Heart". In "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator does not tell us exactly where he is but he does tell us that there are "creaky floor boards" and "heavy doors" there are also "mice". This leads us to believe that he is in a gothic house that is quite old. The narrator does not tell us about the weather directly but mention "the wind in the chimney" which suggest mid-winter.

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