Edgar Allan Poe wrote many wonderful stories. In many of these stories, including “ A Tell-Tale Heart”, “Cask of Amontillado” and “The masque of the Red Death”, Edgar Allan Poe utilizes irony to teach either the character or the audience a lesson. Edgar Allan Poe usually includes multiple examples of irony inside of His stories, which can provide multiple examples to reinforce Edgar Allan Poe’s ideas that he is attempting to show through the story.
In “A Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe uses a couple examples of irony. The first is hinted towards at the beginning of the story. The narrator, who is also the main character, states that he is “not insane” but has “over-acuteness of the senses”. The narrator keeps attempting to prove that he is sane by showing how “calculated” and cunning He is. Ironically however, the narrator is actually not sane. This can first be observed by how nervous the narrator acts and how the narrator constantly reminds the reader that he is in fact “not insane”. Another point in which the reader can observe the irony in his statement is when the narrator states how obsessed He is with the old man’s eye. In fact, He is so obsessed with his eye that it is the focal point of the story and even causes the main character to murder the old man because of it. This is yet another reason as to why the narrator is actually insane, which reinforces the irony from his own statements. The last point of evidence that shows irony in the narrator’s statement is when he starts to hallucinate and starts to hear the beating of the dead man’s heart through the floorboards. He becomes so acute to this sound that he eventually confesses and shows the dead man’s body to the officers. Although the narrator was trying to s...
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...y, the “Ashley Madison” article contrasts the open-endedness of “The Storm” by stating that nothing good can come from cheating on a faithful spouse. That deceiving and lying to a spouse would directly go against everything modern society deems praisable. But, who is to say both articles don’t have some truth? “The Storm” may be trying to communicate that couples need to keep their lives interesting and exciting. That going through the same cycle every day can get monotonous and can lead to a spouse being forced to find excitement elsewhere. Similarly, the “Ashley Madison” article may be trying to depict that cheating on a spouse should never be where you find new excitement. That instead of potentially ruining what was a beautiful relationship, couples should seek enjoyment from each other, with each other, and not from others in a way that demeans the other person.
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