Analysis of Edgar Allan Poe´s The Tell-Tale Heart

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“The Tell- Tale Heart”, written in 1843, is a simultaneous horror and mental story presented in a first- person perspective, in which Edgar Allan Poe, the author, portrays that the significant influence of inner guilty and fear on narrator’s insane. The author achieves this in the means of figurative languages, symbolism and the plot of the story. Through the whole story, there is no doubt that guilty plays a tremendously crucial role. It is obvious that symbolism is used for many times. To begin with, the evil eye is one of the reasons why the narrator wants to kill the old man. “I undid it just so much that a single think ray fell upon the culture eye” (page 1)He refers the old man’s eyes as evil and vulture-like eyes. As we all know, vulture is the type of animals who attack dead animals. He is afraid of the old man’s vulture-like eyes mainly because he thinks that he will be dead, therefore, he plans to kill the old man. Furthermore, the heart beat symbolizes the narrator’s conscience and the guilty over a murder because the old man has never done something wrong. Since the corpse is just under his seat, he is afraid of being found that the old man is killed by him, which causes him to be extremely guilt, therefore, he heard the beat. So, the evil eyes and beating heart can clearly portray the crucial effects of guilty. What’s more, the use of figurative languages poses a great amount of influences on present the theme of guilty. Repetition is definitely one of the
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