To whom is the narrator telling his story and from where is he telling it?

3 Answers | Add Yours

angelacress's profile pic

angelacress | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted on

As far as we know, the narrarator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is relaying his story to the reader. One could imagine one of many audiences, and by not defining the audience, Poe allows us to invent an audience, or to be content being the narrarators only audience.

The setting is also left ambiguous. I often like to imagine the narrarator telling his story from inside of a cell in a lunatic asylum, but of course, that's just my own imagination.

Sources:
jamie-wheeler's profile pic

Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted on

The story is told in first person and reads like a confession, but whether the narrator is telling it to himself, to other officers after his revelation, to the reader, or to someone else is unclear. The location of the house is also never pinpointed.

The ambiguity of these details only adds to the mysteriouness and unsettling feeling of the story.

Sources:
gamewell551's profile pic

gamewell551 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

The story is told in first person and reads like a confession, but whether the narrator is telling it to himself, to other officers after his revelation, to the reader, or to someone else is unclear. The location of the house is also never pinpointed.

The ambiguity of these details only adds to the mysteriouness and unsettling feeling of the story.

We’ve answered 318,917 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question