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

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    We are given some background information on Fortunato and a little on Montresor. Fortunato is a wine expert; because of this, he can get drunk but he is also very prideful of himself, and his expertise. Montresor "was skilful in the Italian vintages" himself. This obviously links to the title, making us, the reader, excited to see how the Amontillado fits into the story, and how important it is. Edgar A. Poe then adds tension by giving us a setting. It is "dusk, one evening". It's set during "the supreme madness of the carnival season".

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  2. How does the writer create suspense in the Tell Tale Heart?

    This is said throughout the story, starting from the first paragraph and the reader starts to understand what the murderer is really like. My final example is "it grew louder- louder- louder!" This adds to the point of how loud it really was and by repeating it exaggerates how it was. It also gives you a clear image of this, as it is repeated throughout the paragraphs. As a last point, I would like to explain the effect of using repetition.

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

    Poe uses different techniques to create a chilling atmosphere. When the murderer goes to the old man's bedroom every night, the atmosphere is supernatural and the pace slows down to match the actions of the murderer, 'cautiously - oh, so cautiously - cautiously', this delays the pace of the language, creating suspense, so that the reader is almost hypnotized, especially with the use of repetition which adds to the feeling of apprehension. On top of that, in order for Poe to create a menacing atmosphere, he uses personification of death.

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  4. Explore the techniques used by pre-twentieth century authors to build fear and tension for the reader in three or four short stories. You must refer to the historical context.

    Once strangling the cat, Edgar Allan Poe "deliberately cut out one of its eyes." This is extremely irrational behavior and happens so quickly. This conjures a lot of fear in the reader, and this man has suddenly taken part in a brutal, cold-blooded slaughter. The language used is very provocative and emotive throughout the story, and this is couple by a detached tone. The immediate shift from being 'normal' to suddenly growing mad and irrational is complex and acute. At the beginning of the next paragraph, he describes himself to be having a "feeble and equivocal feeling," showing that he perhaps doesn't realise what he has just done.

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  5. With reference to Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher and any other related source material, how successful is Oscar Wilde in creating a Gothic novel with The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    History itself has manipulated the term Gothic to be associated with the idea of freedom. One of the reasons the Gothic genre is so arduous to define is that it is constantly evolving and so after being associated with freedom it began to be linked with dreams. The rigid hierarchy of the Victorian era meant that the only place you could explore true freedom was in your dreams. And so again the idea evolved once more to nightmares where you could explore the dark side of human nature. The Gothic novel first became popular in England during the late 1700s and the early 1800s.

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  6. How does Edgar Allan Poe create atmosphere in "The Tell Tale Heart"

    Gothic is a genre that many people enjoy to read, because people like the suspense and shock that is involved in a gothic story, it gives the reader a sense of insecurity, making sure that they think about what could happen. Its stories like this that class as a gothic genre. The Tell Tale Heart is most definitely of this genre because the suspense in the story is immense and there is much tension, in this essay I will try my very best to describe how Edgar Allan Poe does this.

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  7. The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's Works

    IV. Analysis of the stories and poems of Poe. A. Poe was a talented writer. B. He excelled in poetry and in fiction and detective stories. V. Poe excelled in the field of detective stories, as he was the inventor of the short detective story. A. Many famous writers based their characters on Poe's stories. B. "The Murders in The Rue Morgue" an example to show the excellence of Poe in the filed of Short story. C. Another detective story: "The Purloined Letter". VI. The life of this great writer ended in New York after amusing the readers by his great works.

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  8. Comparison of 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Black Cat', and 'The Oval Portrait'.

    It has reference to the murder of a housewife, killed by her own husband, and then attempts to conceal the corpse in the basement. Although these short stories all contain shocking and frightening scenes of horror, 'The Oval Portrait' is very much more withdrawn horror and does not contain graphic imagery, unlike 'The Tell Tale Heart' and 'The Black Cat'. The three stories that I have analysed contain psychological chaos and psychic trauma in one form or another. 'I felt that I must scream or die!'

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

    which is full of his memories of her. The main theme is one of romantic horror involving many references to the heaven, h**l and the devil. It is best described as a darkly romantic classic using the full range of Poe's dramatic talent. -The tone and subject of the poem are sadness and beauty. When Poe decided to write this poem, he wanted to write about beauty because it evokes the most positive effect. For everyone understands the passion and excitement of Beauty. -The tone used is one of 'sadness'.

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  10. Choose two of the pre-20th century short stories that you have studied. Compare and contrast the ways in which they make use of character, plot and language to create tension.

    This scandal pursued him during the rest of his life, until in 1836 when he married Virginia; the 13 year old daughter of his favourite aunt. When she died in 'suspicious circumstances' eleven years later, Poe undertook a series of semi-public love affairs until his early death in 1829. We will first consider the way in which the characters in the two stories create tension, and we can observe that in both, the way they are presented is very important.

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  11. With which of the two murderers do you feel sympathy for in the short stories, "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe and "Confessions found In a Prison" by Charles Dickens?

    This gave rise to the conjecture that he was a drug addict, but according to medical testimony he had a brain lesion. His wife Virginia died in 1847. Charles Dickens is generally considered as one of the greatest writers of the Victorian Era. His work is characterised by attacks on the social evils, injustices and hypocrisy. In his early teen years he was forced to end school and work in the factory. Dickens characters such as Scrooge, David Copperfield and Mr Pickwick have fascinated generations of readers.

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  12. 'How are nineteenth century short stories traditional short stories?'

    It should engage the reader by being dramatic or humorous,) characters (this should be less than five characters as too many will make the story confusing or too boring too read. The characters should also not be as fully developed as in novels as it might make the story too long,) clues to the climax (this is done to build suspense and tension towards the ending. This technique is used to raise readers' expectations by making the story more interesting,) twist at the end (this makes the story interesting and usually unexpected.

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  13. The Tell Tale Heart.

    The main character is very confident about what he has done and think that he had a very good reason for killing the old man which was that he didn't like the way his eyes looked like and because he thought that the eyes were evil. We can see evidence of that in the 2nd paragraph on page 93 where he says: 'I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-very gradually- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever.'

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  14. The Tell Tale Heart.

    A heart attack and a brush with death would give very good reason for Poe to choose heartbeats to express the deep and buried obsessions with which he deals. The heart, which to him embodies what is wrong with him and his life, symbolises in the story that which is wrong with the narrator, that is the lack of the coherence of the implication of logic, reason and morals. There are many motifs (objects, ideas, kinds of characters, settings, etc.)

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

    "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Alan Poe (1843) is a story describing a case of domestic violence that has occurred as a result of an irrational fear. To the narrator, that fear is represented by the old man's eye. This eye which has caused such fear to the narrator is described as a vulture's eye. "He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it." (Poe, 1843) A vulture, of course, is a bird of prey; and if anyone is predatory in this story, it is certainly not the old man, but the narrator.

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  16. Comparing the ways Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker convey horror through writing.

    it creates the feeling of horror and helplessness. First person perspective makes you feel sorrow for the character. If Edgar Allen Poe had written the black cat in Third person perspective You wouldn't get the emphasis of his emotions, how he feels regret of what he has done, fear of this new animal and superstitious about the strange imprint on the wall. For example, when he writes "gradually, very gradually I came to look up on it with unutterable loathing". This really emphasises the hated of the animal, an emotion that would not have been able to have been shown to that extent in third person.

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  17. The Role of Confession in Poe's Poetry.

    First of all, the sprung rhythm, or lines of alternating four and three beats, makes the poem sound like a fairy-tale. With the opening lines: "It was many and many a year ago / In a kingdom by the sea," the reader is immediately clued in that what is about to follow is a story, and not necessarily the truth. Thus, the reader is at once skeptical when the speaker declares that the angels in heaven, who coveted their love, were responsible for the death of his maiden.

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  18. In 'The fruit at the bottom of the bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The tell tale heart' by Edgar Allen Poe, both authors have to convince the reader that the main characters is mad. How dothey do that? Which portrayal is more effective? Why

    Both stories are about obsessions, in one the obsession caused the murder, in the other the obsession was with cleaning away all traces of the murderer is present at the scene of the crime after the murder. My aim will be to show how both murderers were mad, or became mad. 2.In the story 'The Tell Tale Heart,' the murderer has no motive for murder other than his obsession. One of the old man's eyes, was clouded over and resembled a vulture's eye, so the narrator could have been mad even before he killed the old man.

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  19. Pre 1900 Other Cultures Prose - "The Tell Tale Heart" E. A. Poe.

    Will he get caught? These are all questions we can ask as each line contradicts the next. Poe is keeping us in suspense. It's the feeling of anxiety. Where, what or when will something happen next? Suspense is kept through out the story, and starts at the first line... "True! - Nervous - VERY, very, dreadfully nervous." Why is the narrator nervous? The reader is going too want to read on to find the answer. Dashes, commas and a use of a rhetorical question implies the narrator is addressing the reader in a dramatic manner. The commas and dashes also slow down the pace of the first line.

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  20. How effectively do Poe and Bradbury use narrative voice, narrative structure and language to create an atmosphere of suspense and horror in The Tell Tale Heart and The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl?

    As both of these stories centre on the psychosis of their central characters, it is surely an advantage to be able to write in a style that reflects the inherent insanity that allows humans to murder one another. In this way, then, Poe is in actuality less confined than Bradbury, who by using a detached narrator cannot reflect as well the psychotic nature of Acton, having to write in his own style. Meanwhile, Poe's use of the first person lets the reader see the progression of events through the eyes of the murderer, enhancing the sense that he is insane.

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  21. 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' 'The Tell Tale Heart' And 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver'

    Despite being murderers, both killers are portrayed as perfectly sane before the killing and then after this evil deed is committed the descent into madness. I believe the most obvious similarity between both texts is both of the murderers conscience. From reading both texts I would have no doubts in arguing that both killers consciences are a form of insanity. As we watch this insane bearing mind player eat at the malefactors, its after affects leave both of them in a state of 'obsession'.

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  22. How Far Does 'The Fall of The House of Usher' Meet With The Conventions Of Gothic Fiction?

    As the narrator approaches of the house he describes it as having "bleak walls" and "eye like windows". The latter of these gives the reader a feeling of the house watching him like a person. The reader can sense the narrator's apprehension. Poe uses descriptions such as "rank", meaning a strong rancid odour, a certain indication that something in some way has gone bad. And then he describes the "white trunks of decayed trees" thus highlighting the ghostly, "death like" setting.

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  23. A Tell-Tale Heart

    The title is made even more appropriate by the fact that the words 'Tell-Tale' are used as slang by young children to describe a person who has betrayed a secret (usually to a person of authority, e.g. a teacher). It effectively highlights the psychological and emotional immaturity and self centeredness of the protagonist. In the beginning of a 'Tell-Tale Heart', the reader is instantly struck by the disquieting rhythm and irregular sentences of its opening paragraph. It is immediately apparent that the narrator is setting out to prove his sanity and that he seems to be speaking more to himself (or an imaginary character in his mind)

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  24. Compare and Contrast Two Short Stories From Different Time Periods, But From the Same Genre

    Clive Barker was born near Penny Lane, Liverpool in 1952. After attending junior school in that city, He entered Liverpool University to study English literature and philosophy. At the age of 21 he moved to London. There, he formed a theatre company to perform plays that he had written, and worked in that medium throughout his twenties as a writer, a director and an actor. About himself, Clive writes: "My enthusiasm as an artist is rooted not in any particular medium, but in the act of imaging. My books, films, drawings and plays, thought they may seem to be very disparate in content, are still mapping out different parts of

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  25. Essay on Edgar Allen Poe’s the tell tale heart

    Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded -- with what caution -- with what foresight, with what dissimulation, I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night about midnight I turned the latch of his door and opened it oh, so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern all closed, closed so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head.

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