What are the main gothic elements in Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

The main Gothic elements of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” are an unreliable narrator with a mysterious disease, the murder of a man with an “Evil Eye,” macabre details about the body, and the narrator’s overwhelming sense of guilt for his act.

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The Gothic genre contains stories that combine elements of horror, death, romance, and emotions. They are usually focused on examining a facet of humanity or society through a story filled with the macabre.

In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the story starts with the narrator telling his audience that he is not mad. He says,

The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

From the beginning of the story, the reader has a sense that the narrator might not be completely accurate and objective. The unreliable narrator is a hallmark of horror stories, and this narrator says that he has a disease which gave him acute hearing.

The narrator also states his reason for wanting to kill the old man: an “eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with...

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