Critical Analysis Of The Tell Tale Heart

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Critical Analysis of The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe is a very famous author who is well-known for his dark and gloomy narratives. The “Tell-Tale Heart,” in particular, is a story about an old man with an unusual eye who is murdered. The narrator of the story is the killer but the identity is never revealed. It remains somewhat of a mystery. The gender of the killer is never explicitly stated. The killer of the old man could be considered a woman due to the reason they lived together, why the narrator claimed to love the old man, and why the police didn’t suspect anything when they came to the home. The killer and the old man lived in close proximity of one another. Although they could have been in separate bedrooms, they were in the same building. In Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Edgar Allan Poe writes in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch to his door and opened it” (388). This implies that the killer and the old man have some type of close relationship. The killer is most likely family. When this narrative was written, it was not uncommon for men and women (husbands and wives) to sleep in separate rooms. With the killer being his wife, she has an advantage that others do not. She is in close proximity of the old man and she can also enter the room without being suspected of anything due to their relationship. In the “Tell-Tale Heart,” it is also stated “And every morning, when the day
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