Summary And Symbolism In The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart Research
In 1843, Edgar Allan Poe’s 2,200- word first person unreliable narrative short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” was published. Edgar Allan Poe was a successful editor, literacy critic and American writer who wrote short stories and poetry. The Tell-Tale Heart is known for its unnamed narrator’s insanity and classifies Poe’s writing as a gothic fictional story. The narrator explains in the opening of the story that he killed the old man, but it was not for passion nor desire for money. He feared the foggy blue eye of the old man. During the day the narrator acted normal and would speak to the old man asking him “How are you?” At night he would sneaked into the old man’s house every night for a week to observe him sleep.
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The Tell-Tale Heart is less complex and does not contain as many complex words as a research article you would use to further understanding one’s writing. This allows Poe’s readers to read quickly. Dan Shen goes to believe that only a madman would create their frantic, scattered thoughts into short sentences to write a story (). Dan’s point ties into the suspense of the unnamed narrator’s sanity. Poe’s usage of literacy devices such as symbolism and point of view bring the story to life enhancing the madness the narrator portrays along with the dramatic effects. Throughout the story, the narrator is concisely claiming that he is not a madman, but that many perceive him to be. “Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded-with what caution…” (p.92). He continues discussing the steps he took to silently dismember the body parts of the old man and properly place them beneath the floor broads. Nevertheless, he goes to further explain our perspective of why we claim the narrator to be a madman. Poe’s symbolism in The Tell- Tale Heart is focused on main plot as in his writing, The Raven. The beating organ, known as the heart, mentioned in the title is Poe’s main focused with a few other symbolic representations such as the old man’s eye, the bed and bedroom, the lantern and the watch. In Kachur article, Daniel Hoffman opinion of the narrator’s allegory “By striking the eye, the son strikes, symbolically, at the father's sexual power, noting that ‘the symbolic content of blinding has been self-evident since Oedipus inflicted it upon himself (224,

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