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The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” author Edgar Allan Poe employs several literary devices such as symbolism, allegory, and imagery. These devices enable us to see and better comprehend the story’s events through the eyes of the narrator. The narrator explains that he is extremely nervous but clarifies that he is not insane; he even goes so far as to share an event from his past to prove that he is not crazy. He believes that he loves the old man and has nothing against him except his horrible eye that is “pale blue.” Eventually, he decides to kill the old man because he hates the blue eye, and he does this to be free of it. Poe wants his readers to see the events in the story through the narrator’s point of view. The physical appearance forms the helm of characterization in “The Tell-tale Heart.” The eye is a tightly packed and very important component of the old man’s character. The eye casts its gaze over us through the story, and we are divided between our fears and embracing and accepting this gaze. The eye is the only physical description in the story, but it is also what defines and guides the course of the story. The eye of the old man characterizes him as ill and neglected. The result is the portrayal of the narrator and the community as uncaring or perhaps marked by unconcern. This notion is cemented when the narrator decides to kill the old man. Similarly, the narrator’s habit of watching someone while that person is sleeping constitutes an Aquino 2
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