Analysis Of ' A Tell Tale Heart ' By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Madmen may not be helped. “A Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe, is a story in which a madman is overcome by guilt after his insanity provokes him to kill a man. Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem, “The City in the Sea” illustrates an ancient city at the bottom of the sea overcome by the presence of death. In a “Tell-Tale Heart,” Poe uses the plot, characters, and mood to portray insanity, and fear; with a moral battle in a man and his murder. For “The City in The Sea” Poe uses the mysterious plot line of the unknown city, along with the absence of characters to bring a sinister atmosphere to the mood in his poem. In the short story and poem Poe represents a mood of death. Both stories have an evil presence, with “A Tell-Tale Heart” having the old man, and “The City in the Sea” having the gothic aura. Both define little detail of characters and personal information. Poe uses the short story to show a sense of remorse, but uses the poem to show a sense of eternal ending.
The plot line for the short story is very in depth with what is going on. However the beginning is abrupt, leaving little background information in specific. The first line Poe brings forth a question of whether the narrator believes he is mad, or is trying to prove otherwise. Proceeding to say “You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing” (498). As the man continues on in his narrative he sees “how wisely (he) proceeded- with what caution, with what dissimulation (he) went to work” acting tactful. (Poe 498) He carefully…

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