Suspense In The Tell Tale Heart

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The Tell Tale Heart

During life, it’s inevitable that there will be some things that bother us. Whether it be a mild annoyance or a pure frustration over something, it brings discomfort that at some point, we find a way to get rid of it from our lives. In“The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, it is unknown when this story takes place in, or even much about what the characters do in their daily lives. However, what it mainly focuses on is the narrator displaying an usual amount effort and displeasure toward an old man, specifically his eye. The eye belongs to a living human, yet with the narrator 's uneasiness, he finds a way to not only get rid of the eye, but the old man as well. Throughout the entire story, the author was able to incorporate description, symbolism, and inner thought, to build suspense.

To start off, Edgar Allan Poe used an abundant amount of inner thought, which was able to build suspense when reading. Inner thought is often used to reveal what the characters are thinking during certain parts of the story. In “The Tell Tale Heart”, what the author does is incorporate a first person point of view. This point of view being the narrator. What this would mean is that from his perspective, it allows us to know what he thinks and how he feels. This let 's us understand what is going on inside his mind while he is in certain situations. This can be seen when the narrator thinks “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once
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