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Literary Analysis Rough Draft Among the many peculiar short stories of Poe, "The Tell Tale Heart" has come to be known as one of the most mysterious and psychologically captivating. The short story commences as the narrator describes that he is extremely nervous. He wants to kill an old man simply because the sight of his pale blue eye disgusts him to a severe extent. As he approaches the old man, he hears a noise such as a watch when enveloped in cotton; that noise was the old man’s heart beating which drove the narrator crazy and caused him to panic. Finally, he plots a way to kill the old man and hides all the evidence in less than an hour. However, when the cops show up at the sight of the crime scene, the narrator begins to feel his…show more content…
“It was open –wide, wide open –and I grew furious as I gazed upon it. I saw it with perfect distinctness –all dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones.” In this quote Poe does phenomenal job portraying the hatred he has for the eye and all the anger the eye brings him. As he mentions, “that chilled the very marrow in my bones”, he describes exactly how he feels through descriptive language. The audience is able to picture the eye and a scene in which the narrator is looking over the pale blue eye and feeling great repulsion. “It was a low, dull, quick sound – much such a sound as a watch enveloped in cotton.” This quote describes the narrator’s heartbeat when the police arrived and asked him several question. At first, he was cool and collected, but suddenly his head started to ache and the gut feeling became worse. In addition, the reader is able to imagine the sound and the narrator’s mental state during the period of time the cops are asking questions and investigating through Poe’s use of vivid adjectives and metaphors. To sum up, Poe’s word choice and excellent writing was able to create a scene in which the reader can imagine the characters, the set, and the narrator’s state of mind. The quotes reveal the narrator’s compulsive madness and insanity in the

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