Essay on The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

1122 Words Nov 30th, 2014 5 Pages
A fascinating aspect of well-written literature is that it provides the reader with a mental image of the events and scenery that are portrayed within the text. There are various techniques by which an author can achieve such a reaction from the reader, but overall these methods fall under a category that can be deemed as the use of imagery. Edgar Allan Poe has been acclaimed for his exceptional word choice and his successful use of imagery to enhance his works. Both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and the Pendulum” effectively demonstrate two distinct methods by which Poe has managed to achieve vivid impressions. To begin, in “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe uses image patterns to supplement his remarkable use of diction. This serves as an emphasis on the importance of certain symbols and images that are vital to the plot. To be specific, Poe first introduces a very important aspect of the storyline when the speaker is describing the old man with whom he resides. He says, “He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with film over it” (“Heart” 1). This initial introduction to the old man’s eye comes across as rather simple, but the comparison to that of a vulture already begins to make the reader subconsciously attempt to conjure up an indication of what the eye of a vulture might look like in regards to the likeness of the old man. The speaker then continues on to later describe it as an “Evil Eye” (“Heart” 1) with “a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my…

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