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.
Normally you ring the bell and you have at least a half-minute’s wait before the door opens. But this dame was like a jack-in-the-box. He pressed the bell—and out she popped! It made him jump.

This passage comes from “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, situated in the middle of the story, after the introduction where the protagonist claimed that he’s not “mad” and before he goes deeper into the story and describe detailed what happen on the night of the murder. In the passage, the protagonist started to present back the story from where it begins, a week before the actual murder, how he did the same things, step-by-step, very carefully for that 7 nights and included also an introduction to what happened on the 8th night, the reason why he did what he did. In this passage from the “Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe had established the protagonist insanity to the reader by the effective use of the character’s speeches, thoughts and actions.

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His insanity is display to the reader firstly through his speeches. The whole story clearly is presented in first person, the protagonist voice. We can see how he described what he did very proudly and once again, claiming that he’s not mad based on how wisely his action was. In detailed, the protagonist said: “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!” , along with “Ha! Would a madman ...

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