Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Gender, The Tell-Tale Heart Pages: 2 (543 words) Published: November 21, 2010
Edgar Allan Poe uses length of his imaginative and artistic powers in writing this horror tale. Poe writes the story in a first person perspective which makes the reader's connection to the story closer and it makes the reader feel that he is the narrator. It makes the reader to further feel a sense of fear and anticipation. As I was reading the story, I wonder, is the narrator a male or a female?

Poe never states if the narrator is male or female. The reader generally assumes that the narrator is male because Poe intended him to be a man. Poe normally writes from a male perspective, introducing himself into his main characters. His short stories like "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Fall of the House of Usher" - the narrator is male. Here are some evidences given in the story: (1) Males are more pronounced than females to commit violent acts. Statistics have shown overwhelmingly that murder is a male crime. (2) Males have stronger physical strength than female. In the story, the narrator drags the old man to the floor and pulls the bed over him, then tears up floorboards and deposits the body between joists. These kinds of actions are very unusual and difficult for a female to do. (3) A man’s chore was performed by the narrator by bringing four chairs into the old man's bedroom, one for the narrator and three for the policemen. The policemen probably would have carried the chairs if the narrator is a female, but they did not.   However, some critics have suggested a woman may be narrating. The narrator uses his five senses to help the reader feel as if they are in the story. Studies have shown that woman's senses are more finely tuned than man. In the story, the narrator said that he/she has sharp senses and he/she could hear all things in the heaven and in the earth; he/she could hear many things in hell. The narrator also mentioned that the heartbeat grew quicker and quicker and louder and louder every instant. It is said that men...
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