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Tell Tale Heart Essay

   An assignment my class did for language arts class! 🙂


The ‘Tell Tale Heart’, is a short story full of suspense, which is also included in a film. The short story and the film shows the characters’ fear and anxiety, while describing dramatic sights and sounds. They also repeat words, phrases, and actions to create suspense. ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ is about a man who lives with another man that has a disturbing vulture-like eye. That makes the man go bizarre because the other’s vulture-like eye  looked mutated and disgusting, making the man very paranoid. He decides to murder the man with the abnormal-looking eye. Edgar Allan Poe, and the film maker show the ‘Tell Tale Heart’ with an abundant amount of suspense, catching the readers attention.

Poe’s story, the ‘Tell Tale Heart’, creates a lot of suspense by using a few techniques to get the reader really curious and interested. For example, in many lines of Poe’s short story, he repeats a few words and phrases now and then. Like the characters’ movements, Poe repeats the characters’ actions making it more suspenseful. The repetition creates a sense of tension making the readers hooked on the story. Poe also relatively describes the characters’ sights and sounds to something else, making it more detailed and understanding, showing great suspense.

On the other hand, the film maker, with the same ‘Tell Tale Heart’ story shows the same technique for creating suspense, but with a little something extra. Like Poe’s techniques, the film maker shows suspense using the sense of sight and hearing. Compared to the story, the film shows a somewhat higher level of suspense. This time the reader/watcher can actually see and hear what’s happening. This action creates powerful suspense that can hook the readers’/watchers’ attention. Both film and story use the same technique in different ways to catch the readers’ attention through the power of suspense.


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