Analysis Of Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

1057 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
According to Poe, a story achieves its unity by enforcing a single emotional effect on the reader. In the Tell Tale Heart, Poe achieves the single effect of terror on the reader by his use of all the story’s components. In the short story, an unknown narrator with credence that he is not suffering from insanity, in view of the fact of how carefully he plans a murder, deteriorates from the thought of the “vulture” eye of an innocent old man. The narrator’s pathological time stretch of observing the man for a week consumes him, until he decides to disconnect the man’s limbs, enshroud his body under the floorboards of the house, and is able to conceal the psychotic homicide from the police. Despite being able to calmly discuss the plot of his vigilant trucidation, he begins to deteriorate from the increasingly piercing noise of the lifeless man in the midst of the police leading him to reveal his monstrosity. Throughout the plot, Poe’s use of tone, foreshadowing, diction, an unreliable narrator, and other elements contribute to the to the emotional effect of terror on the reader.
From the beginning of the story, the reader is able to make predictions about the upcoming plot through the use of Poe’s foreshadowing. “How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story" (Poe). In this short excerpt, you are able to retain the knowledge that the narrator will be reciting a story from his memory. The fear of the unknown overcomes the…

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