The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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From what point of view is "The Tell-Tale Heart" told?

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Poe utilizes first-person narration throughout his short story "The Tell-Tale Heart." The reader can tell that the story is being told from the narrator's point of view by the use of the personal pronouns "I" and "my." This short story is not told using third-person narration because Poe does not describe the protagonist as "he" or "she." The first-person narrator also speaks directly to the reader by referring to the audience as "you." In this excerpt from the short story, one can tell that Poe utilizes first-person narration by the use of the personal pronoun "I." Poe writes,

You may think I became afraid. But no. The darkness in his room was thick and black. I knew he could not see the opening of the door. I...

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