Tell-Tale Heart Essay

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Kristen Paparella Ms K. Asaro December 10th, 2012 Class: 5-02 The Tell-Tale Heart Response In the short story ¨The Tell-Tale Heart¨ by Edgar Allan Poe is about a mad person who, after killing a companion for no reason, hears an interminable heartbeat and releases his overwhelming sense of guilt by shouting his confession to the police. Through the use of Point of view and Onomatopoeia, the author demonstrates how your conscience can drive you insane and make you do crazy things. This is an example of the theme…¨The ringing became more distinct:--it continued and became more distinct: I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but it continued and gained definiteness—until, at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears.¨ The murderer’s conscience is taking over his body and is making him do things that are illegal; however makes them look like it is a normal thing. He is being controlled by a non-human that is so powerful. The author uses Point of view and Onomatopoeia in his writing to give the readers a better view of his story. This story is written in first person. The narrator describes a horrific moment in his life…”Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How then, am I mad? Hearken! And observe how healthy – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” (POE 1) The narrator is describing how his conscience made him kill an innocent man when in reality he didn’t want to. He loved the man and he didn’t want any harm. One thing on the old man’s body made the narrator kill. His eye. Every time that eye looked at him his blood ran cold and it scared him. The eye had done nothing to harm him, however his conscience thought otherwise and made him take the life of the old man. The author uses onomatopoeia while describing the narrator’s heartbeat…”Meantime

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