Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

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In "The Tell-Tale Heart," by Edgar Allen Poe, the setting, the plot, the characters and even the point of view are great contributing factors to the overall reaction of the readers of the narrative. The setting contributes to the reader's reaction in several different ways. All of the shutters in the house were closed, no one could see anything from the outside or the inside. This was important because no one ever knew what went on in the house except the old man with the pale blue eye with a film over it and the murderer. The old house was creaky and pitch black, during the midnight hours. The plot also gives the same feeling of horror. The way the murderer watched the old man night after night, for hours at a time is creepy and …show more content…
Then the police arrive to see about a scream that was reported earlier. The man led them through the house, claiming that the old man was out-of-town for a while. He finally sat down on the exact spot where the old man had been buried under the floorboards. This eventually made the narrator confess to what he had done when he imagined that he heard the old man's heart beating from under the floorboards. It got louder and louder until finally he thought the officers were just trying to get him to confess. He believed that they heard the heart to. He continued to believe this until he jumped up and said "I did it, I killed him," pointing at the floorboards. Characterization is also important in the overall effect of the story. The man seemed normal enough, except for the fact that the old man's "vulture eye" made him a little crazy. He was very normal, until the "eye" drove him to stalking the man while he was asleep, and then finally suffocating him. Throughout the story, he kept saying "I'M NOT MAD," it was a psycho thing to say after suffocating a nice old man and hiding him in the floorboards. This told you that he was, indeed, mad. Another aspect of the story that contributed to the overall effect was point of view. It is in first person point of view, and if it weren't, the story would not be the same. If it were in third person omniscient then you would know if the