Brief Analysis of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

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Readers get an education when it comes to the role that the first-person narrator takes on some of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) the unnamed narrator is not trying to convince the reader that he is not guilty, just that he is not crazy. He was justified in killing the old man with the “vulture-like eye” and hiding the body under the floorboards of his home. He may be trying to save his own skin, but that is not the point. The crime is not in question; it is the narrator’s sanity. How can one trust the storyteller, if you only get one part of the story? This is what makes the journey as a reader more interesting. How do you discern the truth? This is what it is like going through Poe’s work. Most of…show more content…
It is not until the end of the story when a servant shrieks in terror as he sees Egaeus and points at his master’s clothing “muddy and clotted with gore” and “indented with human nails.” There were some objects by the wall—a spade and a box inside “some instruments of dental surgery, intermingled with thirty-two small, white, and ivory-looking substances that were scattered to and fro about the floor.” Berenice was alive and Egaeus obsession made a bad thing even worse. He is in denial as to what he did that he identified Berenice’s teeth as “ivory-looking substances.” He turns something ugly into a beautiful thing as he describes what he sees. Egaeus does not want to believe that he did what he did. Just on that element alone, his story needs to be questioned. However in fiction things do not tend to be so straightforward and there are other elements that need to be taken into consideration. Things may not be as it seems. Among Poe’s short stories there are two that hint about the supernatural or the unexplained, but it is all left to the reader as to make his or her own interpretation of the story. Morella—A Tale of Obsession “Morella” involves a married couple who dabble in witchcraft and the Dark Arts. The husband is the storyteller. Morella, who is about to die while giving birth to their daughter, tells her unloved husband that she is never going to leave him. He may show love to his child, but she it may be shortlived. The daughter,
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