The Tell-Tale Heart: Literary Devices
Suspenseful, nerve-racking, tense, and scary are all words that can be used to describe The Tell-Tale Heart. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe is a dark, eerie story filled with suspense and tension. Anyone who has read this story would be able to describe it using similar words; but that is not all that it is filled with. The Tell-Tale Heart is a horror short story filled with many different literary devices and many examples to go along with them. This essay will be on three of the many literary devices used in this story; imagery, repetition, and humor. One of the many literary devices used by Poe in this story is imagery. Imagery is used to create a vivid picture in your mind. It allows the reader to visualize the setting and/or actions in the story. Poe uses imagery very frequently in this story. An example of this would be when the narrator snuck into the old man’s bedroom and accidentally woke him up, and then shone the light from the lantern onto the “vulture eye.” “When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little--a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it-- you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily-- until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye.” This example explains how carefully the narrator shone the light on the old man’s eye. “..at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye” is an example of imagery. Poe is trying to give the reader a visual of how the ray of light was so thin and precise on the old man’s eye. This example describes the light coming out of the lantern in such vivid detail that the reader can imagine exactly what the light looks like. This literary device is important because if the reader can visualize exactly what is going on, it may help to trigger some...
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