Imagery And Personification In Edgar Allen Poe's Tale-Tell Heart '

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In the “Tale-Tell Heart”, by Edgar Allen Poe syntax, imagery and personification are employed to reveal that the protagonist is a mentally insane man who killed his neighbor to get rid of his “Vulture” eye. The story goes on to unveil that the killer eventually felt remorse for the crime he just committed and confessed to the police. Syntax was utilized to show how when the killer got excited more anxious he became more intense, therefore how he spoke become very short and choppy. It can be shown as early as in the first paragraph. ‘True-- nervous--very,very dreadfully nervous’ It has been proven that when someone is being honest about events that they can tell the story in a calm manner. In paragraph 17 when he starts to believe that the police know that he killed the man and that they are antagonizing him. He starts saying “Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!-- no,no! They heard-- they suspected”. When the killer becomes more anxious about what he has done or what he will do his sentences became very sharp and …show more content…

This first prominent in paragraph 4 “for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.” Paragraph 12 mentions “...the hellish tattoo of the heart increased…” in Paragraph 12 is where the killer finally decides to start his plan of killing the old man. The author uses personification when he is being more calm opposed to when syntax is used. Shortly after the narrator describes the moments following when his finger slipped on the lantern and made a small noise heard by the old man, he describes what he believes the old man to be thinking since he feels he can relate."because Death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim." Here, death is personified and given consciousness and intention, as well as the ability to approach its victim and cast its shadow upon the victim's body and

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