Repetition In The Tell Tale Heart

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Edgar Allan Poe has faced many difficulties in life and has faced many devastating events. This allowed him to create a dark mind for himself and his stories that he has written. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story about a man who is aggravated by the eye of the old man he lives with and it drives him so mad that he stalks and kills the old man. Although, this does not bring relief upon him due to the man still hearing the heart of the old man and it drives him insane to the point that he reveals what he has done to the police when no one has suspected a thing. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe it uses the tension of foreshadowing to create the narrator’s madness. Poe uses repetition quite often in his writings to catch the…show more content…
The narrator says that he stalks the old man every night at midnight in "The Tell-Tale Heart" and as soon as he kills the old man he talks about how he "cut off the head, then the arms and the legs" (Poe,3). Those specific details that Poe wrote about demonstrates how elaborate the narrator 's plan was and that it could have worked out all in the end. Yet Poe also gives out other details that the narrator can still hear the heartbeat of the old man once he is dead. Those details foreshadows that the narrator will soon crack and show that in fact he is insane, even though he says he is not. Pritchard states that "The actions of the narrator, combined with his insistence that he is not mad, lead readers to determine that he must suffer from some psychological disorder"(Pritchard,1) and that helped contribute to the suspense of the story and help build the certain sense of foreshadowing stronger in the story. Onward in the story, the police come due to "one of the neighbors [had] heard the old man 's cry"(Poe, 4) and they came in to check in. The narrator seem calm until he gives details on how they talked with him friendly and he started to hear the heartbeat so he would talk more, but to his dismay "… the sound, too, became louder"(Poe,4). This uses foreshadowing because at this moment it…show more content…
In the story of "The Tell-Tale Heart", the old man feels that the narrator is in the room with him and the narrator says that the old man "knew that Death was standing there"(Poe, 2) and he also says that he would lift up the cloth he had on the light "to fall upon that vulture eye"(Poe, 2). That use of the metaphor of the vulture eye helps the other quote of Death and foreshadows that his eye would be the insanity of the narrator. Later on the narrator successfully kills the old man and says “Yes. He was dead! Dead as a stone” (Poe, 3). He wants the reader to know that he was truly dead by using that metaphor and that foreshadows later on that the old man is not the one with the heart still beating as the narrator would still hear the heartbeat. There was also irony integrated in to create foreshadowing for the narrator’s madness. In the beginning of the story, he says that he wanted to kill off the old man because of his eye and not because he hated him. It says that he “divided by his love for and desire to kill the same man”(Pritchard,1) , and that tore him up so much that Poe would create the foreshadowing of the old man’s
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