Writing Styles In The Tell Tale Heart by Edgary Allen Poe

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Poe was a very vivid and imaginative writer. Although writing came naturally to him, the style in which he utilizes to help the reader search for a deeper meaning is expressed by his choice of writing styles. The writing is like clay in a spinning wheel in which there are many aspects that have to come together in unity to produce a masterpiece. Poe incorporates all of these aspects into his writing. The vulture like blue stare of the Evil Eye and the insanity of ridding the Eye drives the speaker to kill the old man and be done with the eye forever.

Poe chooses words of different lengths and syllables to add to the scattered and confused tone of the story. By having monotonous words lengths and syllables, it would produce order and a way to fathom what else is to come. Poe places emphasis on words and phrases to draw the attention to the reader.

"It was A LOW, DULL, QUICK SOUND--MUCH SUCH A SOUND AS A WATCH MAKES WHEN ENVELOPED IN COTTON." The emphasis creates a In "A Tell-Tale Heart", Poe repeated "louder" very often to create the impression of a growing sound becoming increasingly dominant. Poe used a wide range of words in his work. "You should have seen how wisely I proceeded--with what caution--with what foresight, with what dissimulation, I went to work!" The words add depth to the meaning and understanding of the story. Poe uses imagery to create an image that is easily comprehendible to the reader. "It was the beating of the old man's heart. It increased my fury as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage." When the image is in the readers mind, a connection is made to the story and real life. The connection draws...