The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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"Fear is the natural state of being in all of Poe's stories." Discuss in relation to "The Tell-Tale Heart."

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Fear of course plays a vital role in this great short story, both in terms of the fear that the narrator inspires in the old man whom he kills, and in the way in which the old man's eye inspires fear in the mind of the narrator.

One of the disturbing aspects of this story is the way that the narrator knowingly rejoices in the fear that he is causing in the old man as he creeps towards his bed to kill him. Note how this is described in the text:

Presently I heard a slight groan, and I kenw it was the groan of mortal terror. It was not a groan of pain or of grief--oh,...

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