Figurative Language In The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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¨ True!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! But why will you say that I am mad? ¨ This quote, taken from the story ¨ The Tell-Tale Heart ¨, by Edgar Allan Poe shows a mood of confusion and disbelief because he saying he is not crazy too but he sounds crazy. In the story ¨ The Tell-Tale Heart ¨, a man is asking why they think he is crazy, he had killed a man, he had nothing against him. It was only because the old man had a vulture eye and he hated it. Every night he watched him sleep until he finally decided to suffocate him until he died. He chopped the body into six pieces and hid them under the floor. The police came to the house because the neighbors called that they heard a noise, then the crazy guy tried to convince the police that nothing happened. In the end, …show more content…
Figurative language is expressions that are not literally true to create original descriptions. One of many examples of figurative language in the story is when the old man awoke and felt that someone was watching him. ¨Death in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him and enveloped the victim.¨ This example created a suspenseful mood in me because It made me wonder if the man was going to run away or go back to sleep. Another example of figurative language is at the beginning when the crazy man begins to tell his story. ¨ Harken! And observe how healthily, how calmly, I can tell you the story.¨ This quote created weird mood because of how he talked, saying it as if he was not crazy but sounded crazy. The last exemplary of figurative language was when the crazy man looked at the eye of the old man. ¨He had the eye of a vulture.¨ This created a scary mood because explaining the eye this way foreshadows the death that is to come. Because the audience connects a vulture to death and decay, the and ominous mood is set for both the old guy and the crazy

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