Symbolism In Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe displays a different meaning of the word “home.” Home is meant to be a happy place, and a place of solitude meant for relaxing and family time. In Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” home is just the opposite. Home is filled with death, confusion, violence, and reclusion. Poe steadily mocks the phrase “home is where the heart is” in this chilling tale of murder while displaying an electrifying theme of home and the darkness that lies deep within the four walls. He uses other literary elements of symbolism, allegory, and suspense to unfold the true bone-chilling meaning of the word “home.” In this short story, Poe uses the element known as symbolism. Poe uses “the eye” as one example of symbolism. The Eye is evil and is compared to that of a vulture. Poe uses the phrase “I saw the Eye with perfect distinctness… I could see nothing else of the old man’s face or person;” to draw less attention to the man’s identity; however, I know based off the words “I could see nothing more” that the narrator is in fact talking about himself. Eyes reveal a person’s identity; although, only one person believes they see something in the old man’s eyes that no one else can see—the narrator. He believes he is unhuman and represents himself as an animal. Because he lost all human stability in a moment’s time, he stalked, killed, and dismembered the old man receiving the name of “vulture.” He has a problem accepting himself and actions he performed explaining his ability to kill someone and converse with the police like nothing ever happened. Because he will not accept his insanity or identity, he felt the need to get rid of the old man’s Eye. Time is a great example of an allegory within “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The watch is a secret weapon the narrator. Mentioned only four times within the story, the sudden ticks of the clock represent the impending death all humans must face. In the fourth passage, Poe states “A watches minute hand moves more quickly than did mine.” The meaning behind this represents ticks counting down to the old man’s death; however, no one knew the time of the old man’s death was drawing near except the narrator. This seemingly terrifying word is mentioned again in the fourth
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