Edgar Allan Poe's The Tale-Tell Heart

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“The Tale-Tell Heart” is a story full of unexpected switches and contrasts, starting from the entrance of a psycho murderer narrator, also a loyal servant, to a shocking and unimaginable outcome. The first impression I had while reading the title was to think it would be another romantic story; surprisingly, that had any or no relation with the real story content. Judging by the tittle, at first, Poe’s story seen to me like a tale full of romanticism told by an old man or a possible old lover, narrating his old love adventures or even making some up. However, the word “heart” on the tittle gave me the impression of a real life story as something truly and faithful narrated by someone that had
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The original purpose of that research was to gain a better understanding of Poe’s story, but the outcome of that research took some changes and I was able to develop different theories of the reasons and answer behind the unclear points and curiosities of The Tale-Tell Heart. In order to start my research I planned to look first into credible and more reliable print sources and then surf the web; otherwise, I believe the outcome would have been inaccurate. Thus, my research started in a book that describes and analyses many of Poe’s work. Edgar Allan Poe: Comprehensive Research And Study Guide by Harold Bloom, the author explain in detail the way Poe’s work can be analyzed and, in that way, obtain a better understanding of his writing. My goal was not only use Bloom’s work as a source but also to gain some of his experience and analysis skills on Poe’s literacy. Consequently, I was able to understand the web reviews written by other scholars. Some of the questions I previously had were answered after the research. For example, I came to the conclusion that the period of time when the story takes place is around the same time Poe was living. Secondly, the murderer was probably being honest when he states throughout the whole story “for

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