James Russell Lowell

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  • Death Penalty In The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

    Death penalty, mental hospital, or something in between? The short-story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is narrated in first person in the view of a killer. The main character tries to convince the reader that he is normal making it obvious that he's unaware of his mental illness. This is shown when he obsesses over “the eye” of the old man and plans a deadly murder around it. The narrator walks us through his thought as he ends up horrifically killing the old man. This is after observing him for seven consecutive nights. The killer shows no empathy after the job is done and describes the old man as being “dead as a stone”. The author used this simile to show how lifeless the old man was after the murder. The killer then takes it a step further by cutting apart the body and hiding his corpse beneath the floor. After the job is done, he shows a sense of pride instead of guilt. He also manages to lie to the police when they come over to investigate. The main character should be sentenced to life imprisonment because he committed a previously planned murder but was also mentally ill. The first reason why he should be sentenced to life imprisonment was because of aggravating evidence tied with his planned murder. The text shows that he had previously planned the murder, making it intentional. This is shown when he spends more than a week observing the old man right before murdering him. In addition he had no rightful reason to kill the old man and he also…

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  • Realism In The Tell Tale Heart

    “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, which a story that revolves around the vivid memory of the narrator’s calculated moves, from inception to the murder itself. The narrator bares his soul, and his strong sense of paranoia to justify his sanity, but in the end, confirms his ‘madness’ by the vile act of murder he commits. The narrator reveals the profound truth, of how untruthful and deceiving the human heart could be, and at the same time, how it can be…

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  • Duality In Poe's Tell-Tale Heart

    Poe’s speciality is to leave loose ends and dozens of interpretations, all of them intertwined in the topic of the double. Therefore, the tale is at first a nest of doubles. The madman and the old man are at the centre of this horrible tale in which one is murdered by the other, and the most important aspect of their duality might be there, on the line of the madman’s retelling of the events, since one of the main aspects of Poe’s fiction is the one of the narrator’s unreliability. Should we…

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  • The Narrator In Tell-Tale Heart

    The narrator’s words and actions present him as an unreasonable, and untrustworthy narrator. The narrator of Tell Tale Heart attempts to justify his actions and prove to the audience why he is not insane. The reason he tells the story is to try and defend his sanity, yet he confesses to killing the old man that he is a caretaker for. Ironically, he gives proof that he does have a paranoid personality disorder, when trying to convince the audience that what he did was not insane. The old man,…

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  • Analysis Of The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

    The variation of strange and disturbed characters has been a constant throughout all works of gothic fiction. In The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator murders an old man for which he has an almost familial love. It is clear that the novel’s narrator has a questionable mental state due to his weak grasp upon reality. This is seen in the way he attributes special powers to the old man’s eye and in his incomprehension towards neighbours hearing the final heartbeats of his victim.…

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  • Vincent Price's Monologue Of The Tell-Tale Heart

    Vincent Price’s monologue of the Tell-tale Heart makes action scenes seem more suspenseful. In this scene the narrator is making a plan to kill the old man next door. The reason he wants to kill the old man is because of his eye. The way the narrator's actions and facial expressions allowed the viewer to grasps the situation and what made it so intense. Actions made this so intense when the narrator would rub his legs, taps his feet, scrunches up his shoulders.This showed us how anxious the…

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  • The Tell Tale Heart Word Choice Analysis

    What would you do if you were staring down an old man with a mocking vulture eye while he sleeps? In this story it describes every step that the main character did to survive this dreaded feeling inside. In the story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe the author uses good word choice and descriptive adjectives to develop the mood and the characters feelings in the story. Edgar Allen Poe used a lot of word choice in this story to develop the mood and the way the characters act. First,…

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  • The Tell Tale Heart Mentally Insane

    In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the main character kills an old man simply because it bothers him that the man has a film over his eye. The protagonist then chops up the old man’s body and buries the pieces beneath the floorboards of his house. But is he mentally insane or a calculated killer? The text supports the classification of a calculated killer because he knew what he was doing was wrong, he was very meticulous in his planning, and he was particularly careful in…

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  • The Tell Tale Heart Sane Analysis

    If a person's sanity is in question, don't you think you should look through all the facts and interpret them carefully and accurately? Edgar Allen Poe wrote, "The Tell-Tale Heart", a short story told in the first person by the self-confessed murderer of an old man. The narrator is clearly sane. However, many other readers of the story believe that the narrator of “The Tell-Heart” is insane. The Narrator knew what he was doing was wrong. While this admittedly seems plausible, the narrator of…

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  • The Cask Of Amontillado Analysis Essay

    The “Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe is a thrilling short story about seeking revenge through a murder plot. This story is not only interesting, but it also has incredible detail. Through his use of carefully constructed characterization, diction, and irony, Poe creates a mood that is both chilling and horrifying. Throughout this short story Poe uses characterization to build up suspense and to strengthen his writing. Without Fortunato's character there would not be a story.…

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