Role of Realism in Edagar Allan Poe´s The Tell Tale Heart and The Cask of Amortillado

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“The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe are dark short stories relevant to murder, revenge, and mystery. Poe writes both stories in a Gothic style in order to deal with ideas of realism. One may ask were the murders and punishments justifiable in either short story? One may also ask did Poe accurately depict realism in each story? Realism, defined as a technique in literature that accurately represents everyday life, is questioned in Poe’s works: “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” Complete analysis of Poe’s work clearly portrays realism. Poe uses literary devices such as irony, motifs, allegories, imagery, tone, foreshadowing, and symbolism to depict realism in his works, “The Tell…show more content…
I heard many things in hell. How then am I mad? (Poe)” “The Tell Tale Heart,” also includes verbal irony when he sympathizes with the old man, yet has a plan to kill him. One of the symbols in “The Tell Tale Heart,” is the Old Man’s eye. It depicts realism because it symbolizes inner vision or seeing the insanity the narrator does not see. The narrator also mentions a “watch” which represents time and the fact the narrator “watches” the old man. Poe presents readers with the idea, “A watch’s minute hand moves quickly than mine. (Poe)” A deeper interpretation could determine the narrator’s plan to watch and determine his time of death. The narrator says "He was still sitting up in the bed listening; – just as I have done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall." (Poe) Guilt could be a significant theme for the “The Tell Tale Heart,” because of the narrator’s untimely confession. Guilt plays a major role in depicting realism because of the feelings attached to guiltiness. Although the narrator pretends to be innocent, he cannot help but feel guilty when he confesses to the police. He began to yell: "Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- Here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart! (Poe)” Poe also uses the dark, gloomy, gothic mood of the story and the nervous tone of the narrator to depict the psychological realism in the short story. The narrator in “The Tell Tale Heart,” suggests several ways to

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