Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

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Sentence Outline- Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 and after his parents died before his 3rd birthday, Poe went to live with a man named John Allan in Richmond, Virginia.
Poe’s teenage years were filled with turmoil and by the time he was an adult, he had fallen into alcoholism, just like his birth father (Wilson 344).
After Poe’s death in 1849, he was criticized for the dark themes of his book. However, today Poe is considered to be the a profound author in the genres of horror and psychological thrillers (Wilson 344).
Edgar Allan Poe’s well known short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” is both a psychological thriller and a horror story.
In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator kills the old man he lives with because he hated the old man’s eye. The eye, according to the narrator, was “the eye of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over it.”
Throughout the story, the narrator recounts the tale of the planning and committing of the old man’s murder and subsequently dismembering the body and hiding it under the floorboards. While it looks like the narrator will get away with the murder, the guilt eventually overtook him and he confessed to the police after spending time with them in the room in which he hid the body (“The Tell-Tale Heart”).
Throughout the story, many themes are developed. The most important theme was insanity, since the narrator’s insanity drove the storyline. In addition, the theme of time is important…

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