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"It's true! Yes, I have been ill, very ill. But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say that I am mad?" Edgar Allan Poe is a famous writer know for his various literary techniques such as setting, imagery, tone, and suspense to create a particular mood in his stories. This essay will be an evaluation of the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe. To begin, "The Tell-Tale Heart" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most prominent poems. I find "The Tell-Tale Heart" to be a very appropriate poem for this essay. In the beginning of, "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe starts the story off with "It's true! Yes, I have been ill, very ill. But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say that I am mad?" which is a very enticing way to start off a poem. I feel that example hooks the reader immediately. Later, the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" gives meager hints as to where "The Tell-Tale Heart" takes place. The narrator never gives the true location of "The Tell-Tale Heart," but we can assume that it's located in an asylum or a home for the elderly. Although, it is known that they live in the same residence. They both live in the same time period. The dominant time period takes place at 12 o'clock midnight. The following is …show more content…
On the eighth night, the narrator is caught by the old man. "Suddenly the old man sat straight up in bed and cried, 'Who's there??!' I stood quite still. For a whole hour I did not move." This leaves the reader asking questions to himself/herself wondering what's going to happen next. I find this to be a very good example of suspense. Another good example of this is when he invited the officers to stay and chat for a while but they didn't leave. He thought he was playing a game with the officers, but in reality the officers were playing a game with

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