The Tell-Tale Heart Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is the importance of "The Tell Tale Heart"? Why did the author write it? Why do schools read it?

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"The Tell-Tale Heart " is a great story to read in schools for several reasons.  One is that it is relatively short, so it holds the attention of students throughout the entire thing.  If something gets too long, students lose focus.  Also, it is very suspenseful.  From the very beginning the narrator confesses to a murder, and presents an intriguing case of potential insanity.  Students love tales about insane murderers; just look at the popularity of the horror/slasher movies in recent years.  About 50 of them come out every month.  :) So, it has a very intriguing and interesting storyline that grabs you from the very beginning.  Another reason that it is used in schools is that it is readable; the language...

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