What quotation from Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" exemplifies the narrator's type of diction?

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One particularly revealing sentence comes when the narrator describes how he went about preparing to murder the old man in order to rid himself of the old man's "vulture" eye. He says,

You should have seen how wisely I proceeded—with what caution—with what foresight—with what dissimulation I went to work!

The first thing you might notice is the repetitive structure of the sentence; the narrator uses the phrase "with what" to begin three consecutive dependent clauses. This word choice seems to parallel and even, perhaps, to illuminate his obsessive, even compulsive behaviors. He is obsessed with the eye, certainly, but his compulsiveness—returning to the old man's room every night at exactly the same time until conditions are just right for the murder (the old man's eye must be open)—is even more startling, I think. He seems anxious to address this aspect of his disease, his compulsions, as being, really, "caution" or "foresight" —something really positive—rather than something associated with a disease or a weakness. His diction, here, also reveals that the narrator is intelligent, especially with his use of the word dissimulation.

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The term diction simply refers to the author's word choice. Authors can choose formal or informal words, ones with Latinate or Germanic roots, and common or rare terms. Another important choice in types of diction is the degree to which an author uses adverbs and adjectives. 

The narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is insane. Poe conveys this by using very disjoint language, often consisting of short clauses lacking conjunctions (a rhetorical figure called asyndeton). A good example of the narrator's characteristic diction is the opening of the story:

TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

The use of dashes conveys the narrator's inability to think in continuous rational sentences, and thus conveys his nervous character. He uses the words "nervous" and "mad" repeatedly in the story, word choices that focus the reader's attention on his mental state. The use of the adverb "dreadfully" and the use of the past perfect suggest a somewhat educated or intelligent speaker.  

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