The Tell-Tale Heart Literary Analysis

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The story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short horror story about the narrator going insane and ends up killing a old man. It first starts off by the narrator going into the old man’s house spying on him. At night, exactly at midnight the narrator goes into the old man's house and watches him sleep. The narrator has a deep hate for one of the old man’s eye, he states it by saying, “One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-a pale eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees- very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe, 355). One night while spying on the old man his thumb slipped on a tin, which frightened the old man. The narrator then stayed quiet for a long time, but then instantly killed the old man. He hid the body all around the house. A neighbor heard a scream during the night so they called the police, which arrived at the house. The narrator acted calmly and let the police in to search the house. Then the police wouldn’t leave the …show more content…

He describes with great details, so you can imagine the whole setting in the story and what happens in the story. The author describes what is happening by stating, “It was open-wide,wide open-and I grew furious as I gazed upon it. I saw it with perfect distinctness-all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones; but I could see nothing else of the old man’s face or person, for I had directed the ray, as if by instinct, precisely upon the damned spot.” (Poe,357) In this part of the story you can see that the author describes how the narrator can see the blue eye of the old man , and thinks the eye is evil and bad. The narrator has a plan figured out to get rid of the eye. This creates suspense by letting the reader know in detail what the narrator sees and what he is about to

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