Edgar Allan Poe Symbolism In The Tell Tale Heart

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Being the author of many dark and grotesque stories, Edgar Allan Poe made his mark on humanity by truly showing what it means to be human. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. He was later adopted by tobacco merchants in 1811. Poe inherited his uncle’s fortune in 1825 and that is when he starts his writing career. Poe is a brilliant short story writer that trampled upon light and fluffy works. He meant for people to feel uneasy and frightened of what may be happening in another’s mind. Edgar Allan Poe was one of the greatest and most influential American writers of his time. He wrote very twisted stories unlike his counterparts Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens. Poe was the black sheep among writer in this era and that is why …show more content…
This can also be called enargia. One can almost imagine the dead body in "The Black Cat" or the extreme thudding that is heard in "The Tell-Tale Heart". In "The Black Cat," Poe describes what the main character is thinking when the black cat waltzes into his life. The main character was perfectly in love with the animal until something starts changing within him. A "demon instantly possessed" him so he had to "cut one of its eyes from the socket" (The Black Cat). The reader wonders why this man is blaming his anger and violence on a simple creature. The reason why this story was such a famous one is because Poe beautifully describes what is happening inside the man 's mind. Poe chronicles the changes within the man through certain degrees. The main character 's feelings were of "disgust and annoyance [which] rose into the bitterness of hatred" (The Black Cat). "The Black Cat" is not the only story where Poe uses this vivid description. "The Pit and The Pendulum" is another perfect example of this literary device. This story starts out with a man recalling what has happened to him. It seems that he was tortured and sentenced to death. The tale then goes on to talk about how this same man is strapped to a table, blindfolded, only being able to hear the pendulum swinging down which will result in his death. Poe creates this scene by only giving the audience vivid explanations of what is happening …show more content…
Symbols like eyes and death mean something greater than originally thought. Eyes play a huge role in "The Tell-Tale Heart" and death plays a huge part in all three of the selected stories. Mildly scary buildings also seems to play a part in Poe 's stories. Just like eyes, time is something very important to Poe. The main character starts hearing the heart in his mind just after “the bell sounded the hour, there came a knocking at the street door” and Poe uses this “hour” as another symbol to show the audience a sense of urgency (The Tell-Tale Heart).This is seen as a way to develop emotions in the piece itself, the reader can sense all that is happening to the man. The reason why Poe is a mastermind in his genre is because he can create this with things that seem so mundane. Time is something no one can stop so he has to destroy it what “the narrator really wishes to destroy is not the "eye," but that which sounds like "eye"—that is, the 'I '" and that it where it connects for an audience (Wright). He makes sure to use such horrific, yet terrific scenes and human characteristics to show how One can be taken to a whole new level when reading a simple story. Poe offers great story telling when he uses such easy and almost overlooked things as symbols.The audience now understands why everything happened. Poe uses symbols to create this much deeper meaning in his stories which ultimately makes them

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