Compare And Contrast Edgar Allan Poe And The Tell Tale Heart

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Throughout history, we have came across many authors with different writing styles, word choice,or unique ways of interpretations. Edgar Allen Poe is one author who stands out to me the most. He has a unique and dark way of writing his stories and it appeals to the readers emotion and drama. He has a recurring theme of death and lost love, and in “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe writes about murder, insanity, obsession and guilt. His use of symbolism and point of view is another reason what makes Poe one of the greatest. That is why it is difficult to try to compare an author with similar writing style to his work because each author has something unique about themselves. Angela Carter is one author that has a very similar writing style to Poe. After reading her short story The Werewolf, her use of point of…show more content…
Over the course of the story, there are multiple times when the narrator refers to hearing a beating in different forms. For example, during the narrators visit to the old man, he claims that “there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound too well. It was the beating of the old man’s heart.” The reason he knows the sound “too well” is actually because the heartbeat he hears is his own. This theory is confirmed later when, while sitting with the police officers who are allegedly mocking him, he hears the same sound again, but this time he notes that “the noise steadily increased.” The noise increases at the same rate as the narrator’s guilt. Poe’s word choice of simple sentences help to produce the sound of a heartbeat. The final paragraphs are full with these choices as the story comes to a ending. It is only at the end of the story, when the narrator may be characterized as manic, that he is forced to confess to the crime after he can no longer hold onto the guilt he is
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