In "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, how does the story gain the reader's interest from the first sentence and continue to keep his interest until the end?

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"Hooks" are imperative for any type of writing. Short stories, such as Edgar Allan Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart," are no exception to this rule. Like many of his stories, Poe uses the second person "you" as well as suspense to engage the reader.

From the first line of the story, the reader is "hooked" by the attention-grabbing first sentence: "TRUE!—NERVOUS—VERY, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?" Not only does Poe engage us with his use of an interjection in all capital letters followed by an exclamation point ("True!), but he also speaks right to us, addressing us with the universal "you." Additionally, he asks us a rhetorical question which is suspenseful in nature and peaks our interest. What on Earth...

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