A Tell-Tale Heart

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The story I choose to do essay 1 on was “Tell-Tale Heart” by, Edgar Allen Poe. A first and second person point of view story. First person because of his use of I “I loved the old man” (Allen Poe 387), Second person because of his use of you “You fancy me mad.……But you should have seen me” (Allen Poe 388). The protagonist in Tell-Tale Hart is clearly the narrator. I would say he is a static character, but you could say he is dynamic because of how he flips out in the end and the struggle he has with himself throughout the story. Since he is dynamic that will also make him a round character. The old man would be the flat character in this story. To me you could argue who or what the antagonist is obvious choices say the old mans’ vulture eye, but I think you could argue whether or not his sanity is the antagonist also. “The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them” (Allen Poe 387), after reading the story a few times I think the disease was Schizophrenia. That would explain his so called hearing of all things in heaven and on earth and the delusion he had at the end of the story of freaking out because of hearing the beating heart with the cops. Maybe he’s even a patient with Schizophrnia in a psych ward telling a story. {Work Cited} Allen Poe, Edgar. “Tell-Tale Heart.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Eds. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 12th Ed. New York: Pearson, 2012.
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