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"The Tell Tale Heart" Irony

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Brandon Cohen

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of "The Tell Tale Heart" Irony

"The Tell Tale Heart" Irony
Irony is the contrast between what is expected to occur and what actually occurs. There are three types of irony, which are dramatic irony, situational irony, and verbal irony. Situational is the closest to the definition of irony. Dramatic is when the readers understand more about an event in the story than a character. Verbal irony is when something is said different than what is meant (sarcasm).
Quote #3
"I say I knew it well. I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart" (539)
Poe compared to others
I think Edgar Allan Poe uses irony the best out of the other three authors (W.W. Jacobs, Judith Gorog, and Ronald Dahl). For example, when Poe writes that the narrator can hear things in heaven and in hell. This instantly tells the readers that the narrator is crazy but he does not know. When Judith Gorog writes in "Those Three Wishes" how Alice wishes for death. This is a good example of irony since we know she is going to die. However, Poe actually goes farther than just irony, since he shows us in the example above that the narrator is also unreliable through irony. Nobody can beat Poe in an irony contest!
"His room was a black as pitch with thick darkness (for the shutters were close fastened through fear of robbers), and so I knew that he could not see the opening of the door, and I kept pushing it steadily, steadily."
"I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How , then, am I mad?" (537).
Quote #1
This quote demonstrates dramatic irony. It is dramatic irony because the readers know that the narrator is crazy and insane but he does not know this. The narrator is telling himself that he is not mad even though he is hearing things in heaven and hell. If this is not a sign that he is nuts, I don't know what is.
Explanation of quote #1
Quote #2
Explanation of quote #2
This quote is an example of situational irony. It is situational irony because the event that occurred was the opposite of what the readers were expecting. The narrator tells the readers that the old man keeps his windows closed tightly because the old man is afraid of robbers. But, it is very ironic that the only robber near his house, is his caregiver (the narrator) who is living with him.
Explanation of quote #3
Explanation for quote #3
Explanation of quote #3
This explains situational irony. It is situational irony because the event that occurred was the opposite of what the readers were expecting. The narrator tells us that he knew what the old man felt because he was afraid of terror before. But why would the narrator be the one who was making the terrorism? This is like riding a horse whose eating nerds. It makes no sense!
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19,1801 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was born to traveling actors. His parents died before he was three and he was adopted by a rich plantation owner in Richmond, Virginia. He had some more rough times by being in poverty and his first wife and sister dying at young ages. Some of Poe's short stories/poems include:
The black cat
A Tale of Jerusalem
The Raven
The Fall of the House of Usher
Bon Bon
Story Vs. Movie
I thought the movie was right on with the story and definitely stayed faithful to it. The directors did an awesome job with picking out the characters in the movie. The narrator was a skinny and ugly character. Also, he was very creepy and insane which I anticipated him being. What I really liked about the movie was how it showed the suspense of the heart beating through the floor boards. The only thing I thought that did not match was how they lived in a big house in the movie, where I thought Poe meant the house to be small and closed in.
Another Poe Story
I read "The Cask of Amontillado". This story had many examples of irony. An example of verbal irony was when Montresor keeps refering to Fortunato as "my friend", and caring for his health. Montresor has been lying and using sarcasm because he hates Fortunato and is his enemy.
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