Essay about The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for writing gothic short stories and poems. His life was full of what he considered tragic events, and he used his writing as a way for him to express his sorrow. Some of these experiences include the death of his wife, his step-father abandoning him, and his mother’s death. These events led Poe to alcohol and drugs, and he started writing about the dark side of nature and humanity. "The Raven," one of Poe 's most famous poems and the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" have much in common in terms of symbolism, setting, tone, and symbolism.
"The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven" both contain an element that symbolizes a feeling that the narrator is haunted by. In the "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator is haunted by the guilt of committing a murder, and in "The Raven," the narrator is troubled by the death of his love, Lenore. As both plots progress, the narrators start to lose their sanity since the thoughts that they are trying to repress start to derange them from the inside. In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator constantly asks the reader if the narrator is mad but then denies it when he says “And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses?” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”). Poe does this to show the audience that the narrator is insane, but the narrator doesn’t realize this and keeps denying the inevitable, intensifying the suspense. The heart beating is an important symbol which has many meanings. It…

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