“ The Tell-Tale Heart” Interpretive Essay “He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more.”(Poe, 1843) In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan, a delusional madman plans the death of and innocent old man with an “eye of a vulture” over the course of eight nights. The narrator wanted to kill the old man for only one reason, to get rid of his hideous eye. The killer is burdened with a disease in which he hears voices from heaven and hell, which is why he has a strange obsession with the victim’s eye. On the eight night, the perpetrator murdered the old man by smothering him with a heavy mattress.
This story is about the narrator that takes care of an old man on a day-to-day basis. One day, he realized he was deeply disturbed by the old man’s eye, which has a vulture-like cataract on it. He became so bothered that he slowly decided to kill the old man. He watches the old man sleeping for seven nights until the narrator makes a sound on the next night, and the old man wakes up and, in fear, opens his eyes. The narrator, upon seeing the eye, attacks the old man and murders him.
The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however. The use of repetition and symbolism in “Blink Your Eyes” adds more depth to the poem, and highlights the societal issues that the author and others of his race have felt. Use of repetition in poetry directs the reader 's attention to that word or phrase, as Sundiata does in “Blink Your Eyes.” Along with how the stanzas are formed, the repetition used sets a pace to the poem. In the first stanza, Sundiata writes “thru a red light red light red light” (Sundiata 503). The use of repetition here is smart, because the “red light” that is spoken of has two meanings and is crucial to the overall theme of the poem.
This story is about the narrator that takes care of an old man on a day-to-day basis. One day, he realized he was deeply disturbed by the old man’s eye, which has a vulture-like cataract on it. He became so bothered that he slowly decided to kill the old man. He watches the old man sleeping for seven nights until the narrator makes a sound on the next night, and the old man wakes up and, in fear, opens his eyes. The narrator, upon seeing the eye, invades the old man’s room and attacks the old man and murders him.
Literary devices are very crucial techniques to an author’s writings because it allows the author to get their message across to the reader in a very powerful way. Some examples of literary devices that allow the author to convey their message in a powerful way to the audience are imagery, tone, and anaphora just to name a few. In Margaret Atwood’s poem “Siren Song,” these literary devices are what make up the foundation of this writing and really allows her poem to almost seem as if it were happening in real life. This poem is about the Sirens from Greek Mythology and how their song would cause sailors to go mad and jump overboard where they would never be seen again. Atwood does a fantastic job at using these literary devices to allow the reader to not only be able to comprehend the poem, but to make them feel as if they are in the poem itself.
The symbolism can be very difficult to understand, but if a reader observes the text very carefully, he or she can understand what is trying to be symbolized. Poe loved to add symbolism behind his characters (“Edgar Allan Poe”). He would combine the physical and intangible traits of the characters and make the readers dig deep to discover what the characters are trying to portray in the story (“Edgar Allan Poe”). In “The Black Cat,” symbolism arises from one of the main characters in the story: Pluto. A reader needs to keep in mind that when Pluto is introduced into the story, the narrator had already began to become very delusional because of his alcohol addiction.
Oftentimes in stories, authors disguise deep thoughts and details into broader topics. They try to get the reader to actually think about what they are reading, and ponder upon the deeper, more sensitive things of life. Certain authors have a way of working deep thoughts and ideas into simple stories. This idea is known as symbolism. Symbolism is defined as “the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.” So many times, one reads a story, and only sees what is right in front of them, but other times, they notice much more depth to what they are reading.
Literary devices are used to bridge the gaps and fill in the cracks for me where simple words do not suffice in some stories. I find myself constantly searching stories for and identifying different types of literary devices. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, three uses of literary devices were demonstrated and used consistently. These literary devices are: repetition, imagery and flashbacks. This literary narrative is centered on an epic journey that utilizes literary devices to enhance the complexity and understanding in the story.
As a prosecutor is he a calculated killer or a delusional madman? In the story “A Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe, it introduces a killer that has a motive of wanting to kill an old man because of the look of his eye. He plans to kill the old man by staying in his house for 7-8 days and by setting up a lantern in the old man’s room. Then, after the 8th night, he had put a heavy mattress over him suffocating him and leading him to his death. Additionally, he disassembles his body hiding each part under the covers and at the end, he turns, mad.
For example, “I admit the deed! --tear up the planks!-- here, here!--it is the beating of his hideous heart!(78)”. Secondly, in “The Masque of Red Death”, it’s ironic that after all of the Prince’s efforts to keep evil and death out, it was already inside : “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death...And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all” (61). Before the quote, the Red Death led Prince Prospero through his six chambers in his castle, and in the last one they reached, the Prince pulled a dagger on the Death, only to fall to death, and so did the rest of the world. In both quotes given, the irony is, guilt came as a repercussion to your actions, and you can’t avoid death, it is