Themes in "The Tell-Tale Heart"
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This paper looks at how Poe used several themes in "The Tell-Tale Heart" to make the story come alive. The use of body parts and insanity is looked at specifically.
From the Paper:"Several of Poe's stories use the idea of self-projection in either of people or in objects. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Poe uses the old man's eye as the object in which the narrator projects his self-image. The story itself is filled with the psychological ranting of a man possessed with hatred for that one body part of a kindly old man. The reason that Poe uses this body part to be the focus of the narrator's hatred was more than just coincidence; he chose the eye for several very specific reasons. As in many of Poe's stories, darkness, evil, hatred, and insanity are important elements to "The Tell-Tale Heart," but as in any good story, every detail Poe uses is important in one way or another to the story."
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