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The Use Of Iconography In 'The Tell Tale Heart' By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest authors of all time, and many critics and readers consider him a Horror genre type writer. Many of Poe’s stories could be considered some of the best of the horror genre, but his famous short story The Tell Tale Heart could be considered the best of his writing in horror. The Tell Tale Heart was first published in 1843, and was published in James Russell Lowell’s The Pioneer in January. The short story is of a man or women who is trying to convince his/her sanity to the readers while also describing a murder that he committed. Although, throughout the story the more the narrator tried to justify his/her actions by saying that the old man that he/she murdered had an eye that drove her crazy, and that was…show more content…
Throughout Poe’s short story he showed examples of iconography and how they showed throughout the story. In the story an example of iconography would be when the narrator killed the old man that he was taking care of, although he had done nothing to the narrator. Another prime example would be the old man’s “Evil Eye” (Poe) as described by the narrator in Poe’s story. The evil eye is what drove the narrator mad and is what led him to kill the old man at the end of the novel. Throughout most horror genre stories the person that commits the crime is usually mentally unstable and spends their time throughout the story fighting with their unstable mind. This is the same case throughout The Tell Tale Heart; the narrator throughout the story tried to justify his insanity but then lost it all at the end and turned himself in to the…show more content…
The setting of stories have a big part in what type of story that the story is. In the Tell Tale Heart, the main setting of the short story was set in the old man’s room, later during the nights around midnight. The main points of horror stories always happen later during the nights, such as midnight being when the monster comes out to haunt others. Poe through the narrator, violates the sanctity of a bedroom, because readers believe that a bedroom is supposed to peaceful place where they can rest without fear. The scene when the old man realizes that someone or something in his room is a prime example of the suspense caused by Poe breaking the safety of a bedroom. The bedroom is described as a dark place with no light so neither the narrator or the old man could see anything in the room, which is why the narrator uses a lantern throughout the story. The room is all the more scary because it isn 't described, because we can 't see it. This story taps our fears of the dark, and what the dark might