Essay The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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In the short story, The Tell Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe, an unnamed narrator tells the story of how he aspires to convince the readers of his sanity, while delineating a murder he 's committed. In this short story, the victim of the murder was an old man who had done nothing wrong; however, the narrator was convinced that he needed to eliminate the old man and his ‘vulture - eye’ as the narrator refers to it. There are many literary devices that Poe uses throughout this short story, including symbolism. The old man’s eye, the lantern, and the heartbeat are all examples of symbolism. These three examples all tie together to represent the theme of the story, which is guilt. The old man’s eye in The Tell Tale Heart, is the first example of symbolism and is the cause of the narrators reasoning for murdering the man. The narrator states that his main problem with the old man is his ‘evil eye’. He describes the eye to be blue with a "film" or "veil" covering. The cause of the old man’s condition is unknown in the story; however, it is thought to symbolize the narrator’s negative outlook on the world. This means that the narrator conceals everything. A vulture is constantly watching every move of everything in its view. This could be the meaning of why the narrator referred to the old man’s eye as the ‘vulture - eye’. The narrator inferred that the old man could see into his soul, watching every move he made and waiting for him to strike. Therefore in return, the…

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