How To Build Suspense In The Tell Tale Heart

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There are times in life where people do commit a trivial mistake or a colossal crime, but listening to their conscience will decide if the mistake was worth it. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the main character lives with an old man who has an eye that “resembled that of a vulture--a pale blue eye, with a film over it.” The story revolves around the main character’s obsession over the eye, and how he rid himself of it-- by murdering the old man. Towards the end of the story, the young man confesses to the police about his insane stunt after they searched his house. In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe focused on having the reader know more than the secondary character, using description, and using a first-person narrator, to build suspense. To start off, Edgar Allan Poe made sure the reader knew more than the secondary character in his short story to build suspense. For the entire week before he murdered the old man, the main character crept into his bedroom every night and observed the man while he slept. “I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in the bed… He was still sitting up in the bed,…show more content…
We are introduced to the narrator and his story with suspense, and as the police drag him away, the audience is still left in suspense. Edgar Allan Poe’s decision to start of with a high level of suspicion from the very beginning and only increasing it from there is like having multiple people compliment you; both start off unexpectedly and it only betters the experience. We happen to realize that with all the steps he took in order to kill the old man, the young boy doesn’t account for his guilt, which is why he confesses. Guilt is something nobody can be ready for, not even a
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