Edgar Allan Poe
how does Poe immediately engage the reader’s interest in this tale? Poe engages the reader’s interest by first making the introduction attractive to read. The first word he says is “TRUE!” which makes readers to pay attention to the story immediately. Also, in the beginning of the story, the narrator describes how carefully he opened the door of the old man’s room. This description also encourages the reader’s to keep reading until something big happens.
What do the stalking of the old man and the post murder details reveal about the narrator’s character? The stalking of the old man and the post-murder details reveal that the narrator thinks himself of a perfect normal person, and even feel confident about what he’s doing. We can see that by him saying “Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers, of my sagacity.” However, the narrator claims that his exact decisions in committing the murders prove that he isn’t insane which shows how not normal he is. Stalking of the old man also shows how the narrator’s over ability of hearing can help him commit the murder but at the same time this represents how truly mad he is.
Why do the policemen show up at the end of the story? What does the narrator tell them? Why does he finally break down in the conclusion? Policemen show up at the end of the story to show that narrator can’t resist the fear and finally confess in the end. Narrator first treats the police in a normal way as if the narrator didn’t do anything and it was totally fine until he started hearing the heart beating sound. After when he couldn’t stop hearing the sounds of a heart beating and thought the police were laughing at the narrator, he confesses that he committed the murder. He finally broke down in the conclusion because he completely accepted the fact that he murdered the old man throughout the story, and the policemen helped him to perfectly admit.
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Poe is a master of creating atmosphere. What are some of the story details and images that would have a strong appeal to a modern audience? Some of the story details and images that would have a strong appeal to a modern audience would be the narrator secretly sneaking into the old man’s house. Because the description showed how gently and steadily he opened the door without moving a muscle, it could give an intense atmosphere of nervousness and tense. Also, the narrator going insane due to his over sensitive hearing can appeal to contemporary audience because it’s only himself who thinks the policemen are hypocritically laughing. The narrator express how nervous he is while talking a lot and thinking about plenty of things which makes it fun to read as it feels like he is going to confess.
Poe makes strategic use of sentence style, punctuation and print style. What do these aspects add to the development of characterization? Poe’s strategic use of sentence style, punctuation and print style help develop the characterization by surely stating, using short and clear sentences, that he isn’t mad. This, however, ironically tells the readers that he is actually insane and the tone of the narrator, such as bold letters, helps readers to understand the character better.
Would the story have worked if it had been written in third person? Give reasons for your opinion. I don’t think it would’ve worked if it was written in third person because it’s what the narrator says that excites readers, the expression of what he feels and thinks. If it were to described by someone else, I think it would be less descriptive and less details would be included in the book which makes it unappealing to the readers.
The respective narrators in Edgar Allan Poes The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat are nameless characters around whom each story revolves. This is just as well, considering the fact that the two narrators are almost interchangeable. Both narrators are thematic symbols of the dark side of the human mind, which characterizes much of Poes works of horror. Each narrator moves through the action of ...
Is this story escapist or interpretative fiction? I think this story is more like escapist fiction because as it shows murdering and having auditory hallucination which leads to confession, it isn’t closely related to our everyday lives that could give a lesson to the readers. It qualifies the conditions of escapist because reading the narrator’s exotic situations and feelings helps readers to escape from daily lives.
Write about the idea that obsessions can be destructive. Obsessions can be destructive as you are preoccupied into the thing that other things beside that are obsessed can be ignored. This can lead to serious happening and in this story, the murder. Because the narrator was obsessed with the old man’s evil eye, he finally chose to murder him and at the end, confessed which is not a good example of obsessions.