Tell Tale Heart Essay

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In “Tell Tale Heart,” Edgar Allen Poe develops the plot and creates a mood through the use of metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and foreshadowing. The unique use of said literary devices enables the story to strongly entice the reader’s interest and spark high levels of curiosity. The vivid mental pieces of art are beautifully painted with metaphors, symbolism, and imagery, the tools mastered by the painter, Edgar Allen Poe. The initial analysis will be that of the old man’s eye. Mr. Poe uses very descriptive technique to allow the reader to view the eye for themselves, there are no literal pictures within the pages of the story, the pictures are therefore seen mentally, and the description is one way that the author incorporates imagery…show more content…
The previous paragraph explained the eye symbolizes misconception, but the structure of specific sentences implies that the eye can indeed see even the most hidden of things. After the main character dismembers the old man, he proceeds by removing three planks from the floor in order to store the corpse underneath the floor, and in conclusion to this horrid act he states “I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye – not even his – could have detected anything wrong” (p.4, Angus). Such a statement implies that not only does the eye capable of depleting vision and understanding, but the eye also has the ability to enhance perception and amplify vision as well. The eye is the center, the main attraction if u will, of this story. It is no wonder as to why the eye symbolizes quite a handful of things. In addition to the symbols analyzed prior to this paragraph, the symbolism of control is also used with the eye. The eye displays the “power” of controlling the narrator’s fluctuation in body temperature which is a result of controlling the narrator’s mood and level of fear. “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (p.1, Angus). “I saw it with perfect distinctness – all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones...” (p.3,
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