Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's A Tell Tale Heart

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Inside the Heart There are many well-known poets, but not many are as unique as Edgar Allan Poe. By the age of 13, Poe had become a creative poet (Biographies). Many of Poe 's works were horrific fictional stories. His first book was published in Boston in 1827, called "Tamerlane and other Poems." More of Poe 's major works include "Tales of the Grotesque a d Arabesque, which included his most "spine tingling" tales such as "Ligeia" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Most of Poe 's works have a dark Gothic genre, and include themes of death, insanity, and evil. Poe became prominent for his literary works in 1845, after publishing "The Raven" (Biographies). In "A Tell-Tale Heart," one of Poe 's other famous horrific works, Poe conveys…show more content…
The narrator 's guilt consumes him once more, the reader may assume, once he says, "I hear all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell" (Poe, 716). The narrator 's guilty conscience causes him to hear and contemplate evil thoughts. This battle with his conscience, merges into one of Poe 's different thematic subjects, good vs. evil. Last but not least, Poe exhibits guilt after committing the crime. The narrator cannot handle what he has done. The officers in the story present an even larger obstacle because their presence sends the narrator into insanity. He says, "Villains! I shrieked, Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear upon the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!" (Poe, 718). The narrator cannot sustain his act of being a 'fearless ' person, for his guilt drove him into such madness that he felt that he had begun to hear the beating of what he had thought to be the old man 's heart, long after his gruesome murder (Kirkland, 13). Poe uses these examples to convey the message that guilt is sometimes too much of a burden on the human heart. In addition to Poe 's theme of guilt to deliver his message, he also uses symbols. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator becomes fascinated in this old man 's eye. He names it the 'vulture eye ' and credits it for his behavior in murdering the old man. A vulture is something that preys on
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