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Theme Of Syntax In The Tell Tale Heart

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In the story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, he uses syntax and diction to build suspense. An example of this is when the narrator is in the doorway to the bedroom of the old man who he wants to kill. At midnight, he accidentally alerted him, and the narrator can hear what he thinks is the “hellish tattoo of the heart increasing. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder, and louder every instant” (85). The phrase “hellish tattoo” means awful drumming, in this case, the awful beating of the heart. The connotation of the phrase is extremely negative. The repetition of quicker and louder resembles the speech of a nervous person; he sounds extremely frantic. This repetition also delays the story, making the reader more curious, which creates
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