The Tell Tale Heart Rhetorical Analysis

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The Tell-Tale Heart Assignment: We notice that some details in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” make a literal reading of the story rather difficult. Advance and defend a figurative reading of the story consistent with the story’s details. Poe seems to focus on creating mood throughout his story. Many symbols in this story are interpreted in several different ways depending on the reader. These symbols throughout the story include the old mans eye, the heartbeat and the contradiction between love and hate in which I will be talking about in this paper. When reading Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, it is more easily understood as a figurative text rather than a literal text. A literal reading of this story would make it very difficult to understand the details. By taking this story literally it is not easy to understand the entire meaning and representation of the story. In the beginning of the story, the narrator describes the old man’s eye. He says, “I think it was his eye. Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture – a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye…show more content…
By him wanting to kill the old man is not really just because of the way that his eye looks. The old mans eye in this story is being compared to “the eye of a vulture”. This comparison represents death. The vulture is known as the bird of prey. The old mans eye may also represent a window to see into the narrator’s soul. The eye is always looking over him and watching his every move. This representation also comes into play when the police arrive and he admits to what he has done. The eye watching over him has caused the build up of his guilt, which causes him to confess to what he has

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