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The Tell Tale Heart

"The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe-Suspense

Emma Clancy

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of The Tell Tale Heart

The state or feeling of anxiety or uncertainty
produced in a literary device
Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates suspense in his short story through the use of repetition to keep adding on anxiety of what was going to happen. The use of repetition is a way to make the voice inside your head read each word with increasing emotion depending on what the story is about. In the case of this story that emotion in anxiety which adds suspense
“It grew louder—louder—
!” (page 542).
“It grew quicker and quicker and louder and louder every instant” (page 540).
“…and now—again!—hark! louder!—louder!—louder!” (page 542).
The author uses repetition to incorporate suspense into this short story. This is effective because the repetition of not only the words but of the exclamation points and italics really produces the feeling of anxiety that associates itself with suspense.
The author drags out events that could have extreme outcomes to produce suspense through uncertainty and the feeling that leaves you on the edge of your seat. This feeling of uncertainty of what is going to happen next makes the story very suspenseful.
“…and the old man sprang up in the bed, crying out—“Who’s there?”
I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle…” page 539

“But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision!” page 542
Edgar Allan Poe effectively made these sentences so that the audience would be left on a cliff-hanger, uncertain about what was going to happen next and unaware of the what the outcome would be. This makes the story very suspenseful.
In the story it says...
In the story, Edgar Allan Poe states...
Edgar Allan Poe
January 19, 1809-October 7, 1849
Poe's morbid work was probably influenced by his depressing life. His dad left him when he was born and his mother died when he was only 3. So at the age of 3 he was separated from his family and was sent to live with foster parents. When he went to college he ended up in debt and tried to gamble but lost all his money. He returned home where he found that his fiancée Elmira Royster had gotten engaged to another man and his foster dad had shunned him.
After, Edgar went to live with his aunt and cousin Virgina who in 1836 he actually gotten married to. He was 27 and she was 13. He got a job as a publisher for a while but he wanted to start his own magazine and found himself without a job. In 1847 Virginia died and Poe's health declined rapidly from depression and stress. Eventually he became a heavy drinker. On October 7, 1849, he died a mysterious death.
Some other "Horror" Stories Poe wrote:
And example of suspense in "The Black Cat" is "The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fiber of my frame."
An example of suspense is this story is "I hear it, and have heard it. Long --long --long --many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it."
There was suspense in "Hop-Frog" when it said "There was a dead silence for about half a minute, during which the falling of a leaf, or of a feather, might have been heard."
By: Edgar Allan Poe
Prezi by Emma CLAncy
One famous Poem he wrote was "The RAven"
"As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, 'tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more.'"
Example of suspense in "The Raven"
Thanks for Watching!!!
-Emma CLancy
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