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How much of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" is representive of the...

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Posted November 11, 2007 at 1:09 AM via web

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How much of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" is representive of the characteristics of gothic fiction?

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mvmaurno | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 11, 2007 at 1:57 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Tell-Tale Heart" is extremely representative of gothic fiction. The whole mysterious, eerie atmosphere of the old house that envelopes the story occupied with the old man and the insane narrator evokes the horror characteristic of gothic literature.  Gothic literature usually includes a male villain (the insane narrator), and the villanous, ghostly eye of the old man may be considered an element of the supernatural due to its unearthly appearance, at least according to the narrator.  Finally, the unreliable narrator with a crazy, distorted outlook on his situation tops of the characteristics of the gothic genre.

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