Essay about The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story written by the novelist Edgar Allan Poe. That depicts a confession of a mentally unstable murder who is overcome with his own paranoid rationalizations. Poe had lived a life of destruction, darkness and tragedy. Poe, born in 1809, lost his mother at the age of three. He was raised by his foster parents in Richmond, Virginia (Kirszner and Mandell 325). Poe started to gamble in order to levy money for food and clothing because he suffered from a lack of financial support (Kirszner and Mandell 324). He died in 1849; however, the cause of his death is unknown. “To this day, the cause of Poe’s death remains a mystery” (Kirszner and Mandell 325). Poe has influenced many writers all over the world with his amazing talent in literature. He is recognized for his stories of psychological terror and the macabre (Kirszner and Mancell 324). In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the reader is given an insight of what lies inside the main character’s mind. Poe gives a sense of paranoia by showing how the narrator converts from the serene and relaxed stage to the paranoid and insane stage. Poe uses dark symbolism, an unreliable narrative, and dramatic irony to show the significance on how the eye impacts the narrator.
Poe begins his short story by utilizing dark symbolism through the vulture-like eye “one of his eyes resembled that of a vulture—pale eye, with a film over it” (Poe 619). The eye is extremely symbolic because it explains an omen of evil that reflects…

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