Analysis Of "The Tell-Tale Heart": First Person Point Of View



Point of view is important to any story, because it can help create
the mood, and setting of a piece. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a good example
of this. In "The Tell-Tale Heart" Poe uses first person point of view to
create suspense and tension, while letting the reader try to discover the
thoughts of the narrator.
Throughout the story, Poe is careful how he portrays his words.
The way he does portray them creates a sense of suspense that makes you
feel as if you are observing the whole event, frame by frame. In this
story, Poe states "For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the
meantime I did not hear him lie down" (63). In this example his words
are described in such vivid ...

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in turn
helps the reader form their opinion that this man is mad.
Poe brilliantly uses first person point of view to his advantage
in this story. It brings out many feelings in the readers mind. Without
the use of this point of view, this story would not contain the clarity
and suspense it does.

Works Cited

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Tell-Tale Heart. Literature: An Introduction to
Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, Sixth ed. Ed. Lisa Moore et al., New York, NY:
Harper Collins. 1995. ...

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