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Edgar Allen Poe is very well known for several profound short stories.

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Edgar Allen Poe is very well known for several profound short stories. The Tell Tale heart is known around the world. The story The Tell Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe Shows the reader the inner complexity behind the unnamed, main character who in this particular story is also the narrator for the reader. Poe portrays a character whose almost every sensory that is used in the story becomes a reminder of the crime he has committed. The conflict within the narrator is extremely noticeable in the beginning of this story. Due to obvious clues and statements, Poe indicates that the Narrators metal state is indeed insanity. The insanity begins to worsen because the narrator’s obsession with the old man’s eye which causes him to lose self-control and turn to violence and commit murder. Throughout this essay I intend to discuss how Edgar Allen Poe, uses characterization, point of view and setting to reveal the characters true and inner self in the Tell Tale Heart. Setting: The readers do not know where exactly the narrator is while the story is being told of the old man's murder. The Tell Tale Heart is told in first person narrative. Therefore there are several different setting in this story for instance there is a physical setting which is the location in which the action has taken place, and the unknown location in which the narrator is actually telling the story. The story begins with the narrator trying to claim his sanity to the reader. However the physical setting of the Tell Tale Heart begins in an old, dark house for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers (CITE). Most of this story takes place in during midnight for seven long days (SITE). However the most important setting may not be a physical locat... ... middle of paper ... ...e first person perspective it allows the reader to feel a connection with the narrator, as If you truly know the narrator. This helps us (the readers) understand the narrators motive. For example it allows the reader to put themselves in the place of the narrator and think would they to have committed this crime? If an eye would haunt you at all times even in your dreams, causing you to have this uncontrollable obsession every night and day to the point where you cannot function and you do not see a man you solely see an eye that must disappear. Your obsession is so powerful that you begin to hear voices of the heights of heaven and the depths of hell. Will one then find empathy for the narrator and even begin to think that the murder can be justified. Without the use of this point of view, this story would probably not contain as much clarity and suspense it does.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how edgar allen poe uses characterization, point of view and setting to reveal the characters true and inner self in the tell tale heart.
  • Explains that the tell tale heart is told in first-person narrative. the physical setting of the story begins in an old, dark house for the shutters were closed fastened, through fear of robbers.
  • Analyzes how the narrator's mind seems to be the key to his/her obsession with the old man’s eye.
  • Analyzes how poe uses the narrator as a source of first person point of view that captures the reader's attention almost endlessly.
  • Explains that the reader does not truly know who the narrator is. the point of view allows one to envision the character itself, which helps readers understand the motive.
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