Examples Of Figurative Language In Tell Tale Heart

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In the story, “Tell Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe creates an ironic, or sarcastic, tone through his choice of diction, figurative language, and irony. First, in paragraph one, the narrator says, “True!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” Poe uses words such as dreadfully, nervous and mad to show diction. This contributes to the tone because he is saying that he isn't mad when in fact, he had killed someone over their vulture looking eye. Poe also uses a lot of figurative language throughout the story. “A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than did mine…” This metaphor is comparing a watch's minute hand to how fast he was moving. This quote also shows irony or sarcasm because he

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