The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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In what four places does Poe repeat a word or phrase in "The Tell-Tale Heart"? What idea does the repetition of "to feel" emphasize? What impact does the repetition of the word "stealthily" have?

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In the first paragraph, the narrator repeats the words "very," "how," and "heard." His nervous repetitions undercut the idea that he is, as he claims, "calm." He comes across as overwrought and on edge.

In the second paragraph, the narrator repeats the phrase "there were none" and states the word "eye" over and over. In the third paragraph, he repeats the word...

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