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Guilt in "The Tell Tale Heart"

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carly jones

on 28 March 2014

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Transcript of Guilt in "The Tell Tale Heart"

Central Idea
One of the central ideas in the text is guilt. The narrator feels really guilty towards the end of the story because he killed the old man. He shows this in the text in many instances.
Point of view
Poe uses point of view to show that he cannot take the guilt any longer. The narrator is mad because e killed the old man. "Villains! I shrieked, dissemble no more! I admit the deed..." The narrators words show the central idea of guilt because the author thinks the policemen knew he killed the old man but were just mocking his horror.
Poe uses exclamation points to demonstrate how by the end of the story the narrator could bear the guilt any longer. "Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt I must scream or die!" The guilt has come to a climax annd is no longer bearable. The narrators punctuation shows the central idea of guilt.
The author's use of repetition helps show the effect of the guilt the narrator is feeling. "It grew louder--louder--louder!" This is refering to the beating of the old man's "hideous" heart. The only thing is that the old man is dead, so there is no sane way he could be hearing the beating. The reason the narrator is hearing the beating is because he is guilty. the narrators repetition help to show the central idea of guilt.
Guilt in "The Tell Tale Heart"
By Edgar Allen Poe
Carolyn Jones

Guilt is a major central idea in the story. Poe shows this in many ways such as repetition, point of view, and punctuation.
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