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What is the point of view of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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santa22 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 12, 2009 at 11:30 AM via web

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What is the point of view of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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emratica | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 16, 2009 at 10:46 AM (Answer #1)

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The narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" shares the story from his own, personal perspective; thus the story is told in a first-person point of view. By using personal pronouns such as I, me, and my, the narrator is able to tell his tale as only he can experience it. Any other point of view, like omniscient, for example, would give the audience a look into the minds of other characters in the story, not just the narrator's.

The first-person point of view is what makes this story so chilling. At the beginning of the story, the narrator asserts that he is not "mad" but instead completely sane. As the story progresses, the reader comes to realize that he is truly insane and is therefore an unreliable narrator: his words cannot be trusted. The demented views of this narrator give the audience a disturbing look into the mind of a seriously sadistic person, and adds to the author's overall haunting tone.

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Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:32 AM (Answer #2)

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hell yeah

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weddanever | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 12, 2009 at 6:28 PM (Answer #3)

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the author uses the first person point of view in describing his character. he uses the pronoun I. he still use second person and third person. second person because he uses the pronoun you and he is as if he is talking to you. third person because he use the pronoun his and he in describing the motions of the old man

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