The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Compare and contrast the narrator’s point of view at the beginning to the end of the story. Note any differences and the possible causes behind these differences.

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Interesting question. The point of view in this story is fairly consistent throughout, but Poe changes it subtly to increase the tension of the story being told, and also to underscore the escalating madness of his narrator.

The use of fragmentary sentence clauses is in evidence at the beginning of the story, but less so at the beginning than at the end. Note what the narrator is saying to us—he says that he is "nervous" but challenges the suggestion that he might be "mad." We can see, then, that he is making a concerted effort to...

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