Point Of View On A Tell-Tale Heart

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Point-of-View on the General Meaning Behind “The Tell-Tale Heart” The short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” written by Edgar Allen Poe is written in a particular way that depicts the thoughts and actions of the protagonist in a first-person point of view. By creating a suspenseful effect through the style of his writing, Poe enables the reader to understand and interpret the narrator’s mindset. There are many instances in the short story where the narrator reveals the certainty of fulfilling the perfect crime. His thought process throughout the crime seems collected and confident. Because of the first-person perspectives of the story, the reader is able to be in the midst of the act and is allowed to justify whether or not the narrator is right in his actions. Therefore, it adds an untrustworthy human outlook to the general meaning of the story and makes the reader truly understand the narrator’s motive and way of thinking. As soon as the narrator begins, he tries to defend his sanity to the reader while the reader has not had the chance to judge the character yet. This allows the reader to immediately question why the narrator would be defending himself; “…but why will you say that I am mad…Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man…Now this is the point. You fancy me mad”(37). As a result of this specific first person style of writing, the audience assumes insanity. By the narrator already assuming psychological judgment from the reader, the reader can also feel to question and doubt his sanity through just the first-person perspective. His madness is challenged when he admits the old man has done nothing to him and that he “loves the old man”, but yet is still going to murder him because of his eye. The reader also learns of the narrator’s psychological mindset right before he murders the old man. “But the beating grew louder, louder! I
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