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Edgar Allan Poe is a writer who often shows anxiety unrequited love and an escape into the imaginary world Though Poe believes that poetry can elevate us more effectively than fiction he has written some short stories too The Tell Tale Heart is one of the most effective parables ever conceived Some of its fantastic detail like the old mans vulture-like eye and the long-drawn-out detail concerning the slow entrance into his victims room stand as an unforgettable record of the voice of a guilty conscience Poe believes that a single effect is a necessary ingredient for good writing and thus he naturally prefers short works Poe also believes that that all good literature must create a unity of effect on the reader and this effect must reveal truth or evoke emotions Poes writing often sought to capture the state of mind of psychotic characters and the narrator of this story exhibits leaps of reasoning that more resemble the logic of dreams than they do the thought processes of a normal human being According to Poe death is the perfect subject because it evokes the strongest emotion Some of the characteristics that Poes writing includes are a first person narrator who is always male usually obsessed and sensitive isolated setting remote and the night time or in darkness In his writings he always uses themes like disintegration of self search of supernal beauty death of the metamorphosis and revenge The Tell-Tale Heart is simultaneously a horror story and psychological thriller where a reader can analyze the actual situation minutely It is admired as an excellent example of how a short story can produce an effect on the reader The Tell-Tale Heart exemplifies Poes ability to expose the dark side of humankind The Tell Tale Heart is a story on the most basic level of conflict There is a mental conflict within the narrator himself Through obvious clues and statements Poe alerts the reader to the
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