The Tell Tale Heart Suspense Analysis

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All stories would be unable to keep people’s attention without suspense, and they would be very boring and bland. Most well-written stories would have an element of suspense to keep the story interesting, and suspense would be critical in stories with dark themes to help create the mood. Therefore, authors would need to know how to use many different techniques that create suspense. As a well-known author and poet who wrote dark stories that kept people on their edge, Edgar Allan Poe utilized the element of suspense masterfully in each of his stories and poems. Unsurprisingly, in Poe 's poem, "The Raven" and short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart", suspense was created skillfully through the point-of-view of the narrator, irony, and narrative structure. One of the techniques that Poe used in both “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” to create suspense, was the point-of-view of the narrator. Poe created a first person point-of-view that limited the readers’ knowledge on what was happening which created suspense since suspense was based on the unknown As shown in “The Raven”, through the first person point-of-view, the narrator stated, “As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door” which only gave the readers information on where the source of the knocking was, but the readers didn’t know who was knocking. The unknown source of the sound created suspense. The narrator also found out that there was nothing at the door as he stated, “Darkness there and nothing more”
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