Literary Elements Of Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

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Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two American writers who have defined literature as we know it today. Both authors are important in the development of American literature because of their creative way to use literary elements. Literary elements can be defined as “the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey their message in a simple manner to the readers. When employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work.” So what was the strongest literary element that help to convey Poe and Hawthorne’s message? Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe best engage their readers by drawing them into Romanticism through the use of symbolism. One of Poe’s short stories that includes symbolism is “The Tell Tale Heart”. This story is told by an unnamed narrator whose main objective is to convince the reader that he is sane even though he has committed such a heinous crime. One symbol in the story is the old man’s eye who happens to be the victim in this story. The narrator is extremely uncomfortable with the old man’s eyes but he doesn’t hate the man. The eye is described as a “vulture eye” with a film covering over it. The heart symbolizes a sense of security for the old man’s eye. Whenever the narrator opened the door a little shed of light would come across his eye. Then his heart begins to beat to alert for the old man’s attention.

In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Poe, he uses many…

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