A Tell-Tale Heart

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Tell-Tale Heart Literary Analysis What a person does in the dark will come to the light./ In the end of life, we are all judged by a higher being for our actions. / We are generally determined as a good person or bad person depending on the majority of good or bad we have done in our life. / But in the end, all our secrets will come out. / Many pieces of literature explore the topic of good and evil. / Author Edgar Allen Poe, in his eerie short story “The Tell-Tell Heart,” uses mood, symbolism and themes to explore the dark world of evil. / Poe uses the mood to pull the reader into an atmosphere. / In the beginning of the story, the mood is light. / “I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth,” the narrator says, reassuring the reader that his hearing is acute (2). / When pretty words, such as “heaven” are used, the reader does not realize that the mood of the story is superficially light. / The madman admits his feelings, saying, “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. / He had never given me insult” (2). In the beginning, the reader thinks the narrator cares for the old man and; therefore, the atmosphere is still light and trusting. / Soon, the reader sees a turn to an eerie and dark mood. / The madman sensed, after creeping in the old man’s room, that the man’s “hellish tattoo of the heart increased,” growing “louder and louder every instant” (page). / When the reader realizes the narrator’s insanity, the story’s fear heightens. / The killer, ambushed by excitement, announces: “And now a new anxiety seized me—the sound would be heard by a neighbor! The old man's hour had come!” (2). / The narrator decides the old man’s time is up, which reveals the inner evil of the madman. / In this short story, Poe uses the eye and heart to symbolize the perils of evil. / The author uses the old man’s “evil” eye as a stimulus
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