How Does Poe Create Tension and Suspense in ‘the Tell-Tale Heart’?
First, his use of first person instead of third starts building up the suspense; right at the beginning we are introduced to the …show more content…
Poe also uses Rhetorical Questions this challenges the reader and then makes the reader ask themselves the question, because it is hard to find the answer; ‘ How then am I mad?’ When the narrator asks this question you don’t know the answer because from what you have previously read you think he is mad on the other hand you have novellal evidence. Poe uses a lot of direct confrontation, he uses the word ‘you’ a lot ‘You fancy me mad…But You should of seen me’ etc. when reading the passage, if you are losing concentration and you the word ‘You’ your dragged back into the text again.
Also most of the story is very exaggerated and plausible, although we know it is exaggerated we still become tense when reading it, this is because the way the story is written tricks us into believing its real when we know it’s not. The beating of the heart, whether real or imagined, gets louder and louder as the narrator's hysteria increases. This effect underlines the