Edgar Allan Poe Is A Master At Creating Suspenseful Horror

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Edgar Allan Poe is a master at creating suspenseful horror stories that keep the audience entertained. Like any other stories, his include a conflict and a resolution, but his ability to take the reader on a journey with him through his literature and make us feel a certain mood makes him a unique writer with his own style. “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”, short stories by Poe, have similar ways of creating the mood which leads us to feel the way we do throughout the story. The use of the first person narrator perspective, the different settings within each story, and the time it takes to reach the climax are major factors that contribute to the mood. In “The Tell Tale Heart”, we have to recognize that Poe uses a first…show more content…
Later in the story the narrator says, after committing the killing, “I smiled—for what I had to fear…I was singularly at ease” which reinforces the idea that he is in fact a psychopath because he feels no remorse for the foul evil deed he had just committed, thus causing more suspense (Poe, “Heart,” 7). The different settings in the story also create the mood. Poe brings his reader in within seconds, when he mentions the bright setting just as he mentions the dark settings. When the narrator first introduces us to the “Evil eye” we can picture it and it gives us a sense of horror. Poe then proceeds by describing how careful he was in entering the old man’s room, “And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it—oh, so gently... And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head” (Poe, “Heart,” 3). Here the reader can picture this as if he/she was spectating the narrator, or was the narrator himself. The darkness, a fear of many readers, can cause us to feel uneasy especially at the thought of someone creeping into our room while we sleep. On the eight night, the narrator “kept quiet and said nothing. For a whole hour ...” while creeping into the old man’s room once again and this engraves a feeling of fear and mystery to the reader just by thinking of

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