To kill a mockingbird
The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe
The short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Allan Poe gives a glimpse of a poet in deep thoughts. Poe imagines his artistic skills in musical intelligence even though in cognitive and psychological imbalance. The character is obviously mad (fourth stanza pg 1) but in the story, it is hard to tell when he is speaking the truth or hallucinating. The stylistic devices used by Poe attract the reader to make meaning the mad man’s narration. Poe’s symbolism at the beginning gives the defense to his state of not only nervous, but also madness. “….nervous, very very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say I am mad? The diseases had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them” (Poe, p. 1). From the quote, the character convinces the audience to perceive his thoughts since he could hear all things in not only earth, but also heaven and contradicts his readers that the thoughts cannot qualify him to be mad. Poe says that mad men are always assumed to be unreasonable, but in him are some worth wile senses. Also, Poe defends his sanity by arguing that he took the life of an old man whom he cherishes (Poe, p. 4).
There are some themes that come out clear in the Poe’s book. For example, the theme of the inner and outer reality of self is evident in the Poe’s art. After putting clear his thoughts, the narrator gives detailed accounts of the crime. He is afraid of the old man due to his eyes that he calls evil (Poe, p. 2). Poe is good in timing to get away with what he intends. He is very careful in opening the door so that the old man cannot hear (Poe, p. 2). The narrator expresses commitment in making sure that he kills his subject.
The poet portrays a character in terror (Poe, p. 4). Regardless of his demonstration of bravery and self-motivation, Poe’s heart beats faster. He gets the sound louder in his ears. The beating is faster compared to the tickling of a watch. This demonstrates the theme of death in Poe’s short story.
There is the theme of nature such as the nature of the old man’s house (Poe, p. 3). There is the nature of self as the old man’s look is outright through his evil eyes. The nature of the narrator himself regardless mad can reason effectively (Poe, p. 5). The night of terror is dreadful and terrifying and also, the nature of the noise being loud and persistent. All these themes give Poe’s readers a caption of what is apparent in the play.
In conclusion, the play by Poe makes every constituent of the narrative to its total effect on the audience.
Poe E. Allan. The Tell-Tale. Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd. 2011. Print.