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How Does Poe Use Situational Irony In The Tell Tale Heart

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Edgar Allan Poe, writer, literary critic that once said, “The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls.” Edgar Allan Poe was in the Romantic period which involves with emotion, but he took it to the next level into making into Dark Romantics. Poe was born Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. Poe married his cousin, Virginia in 1836, then she later died in 1847 because of illness. His siblings and himself became orphans because their father left them and his mother died. His life was a mystery and dark as well as his stories. Poe’s stories were never a happy ending just evil endings. As most of the stories are happy at the end it has affectionate love, but in Poe’s stories it's the opposite, it's wicked. In three of his…show more content…
Poe uses all three kinds of irony, but I chose to focus on situational irony because it involves in all three stories. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator is against the old man evil eye, as the narrator describes it, “The vulture eye.” The narrator decides to kill the old man. The narrator carefully thought through the murder, he puts the body under the floorboards and nobody suspects it was him. As the policeman came and investigate the narrator was doing just fine until he hears the heartbeat. The quote that has situational irony is, “‘Villains!’ I shrieked, “Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! Here, here!--It is the beating of his hideous heart” (18). This is descriptive situational irony because the opposite of what was expected to happen and how descriptive the words are to describe. As the readers, we all thought that no one was going to know about the murder, but the opposite happened. This irony creates an unexpected and surprising mood because there were no clues of him going to admit he killed the old man. It saying that when he has hearing the old man “heart beat” he was becoming more guilty and thought the police suspected he has the killer. As we realize Poe’s writing style creates how the mood in the stories are somber by using his descriptive situational
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