A Tell Tale Heart Rhetorical Analysis

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Many murder investigations lead in killers pleading over their innocence to the crime they’ve committed. However "A Tell-Tale Heart", does not follow the same stereotypical scenario. The usual story of the innocent killer getting caught takes a quick turn when the narrator tells all that he is guilt. All the while he is still claiming that he is still sane and that he was completely aware of his actions. Poe spins the entire narration into a dark, eery place when the read is unsure of their role in the story. Poe uses ethos to explain how he lures people into continuously reading his stories, Logos to show exactly how he does and uses Pathos to demonstrate how nonsensical the crime was.

Edgar Allan Poe is a known master of the literary arts. For example, the way he uses his razor-sharp senses to perfectly capture people’s attention. In his detailing of the old man's eye he says, “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 forever” (Line 11). This particular line evokes the narrator’s source of exaggerated annoyance. The narrator uses this one specific detail to justify the killing of an innocent old man. These ridiculous exaggerations are what makes Poe’s writing so wicked. Many of Poe’s stories like “Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven” are known for being indescribably
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