Point of view, Narrative and Poe

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Start here—->Poe: Show what you know

  1. What do you know about Edgar Allan Poe? Have you read any other stories by him? How would you categorize his writing? How does your knowledge of the author, whether his work or life, influence your reading expectations?

“The beating of the hideous heart!”

  1. What heart does the narrator hear at the end of “The Tell-Tale Heart”? What do you think this reveals about the narrator’s mental state? At what point in the narrative is the narrator pushed over the edge into both sounding an acting madly?
  2. Review the stories & lecture from this week. What is Poe’s “sublime”? How & when might this experience enter into either story?
  3. Some critics have suggested that Poe’s unnamed narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is actually a woman. How might this identity alter our understanding of the story, particularly how we determine who is possibly the first victim of this story?

http://americanliterature.com/author/edgar-allan-poe/short-story/the-tell-tale-heart (Links to an external site.)

Edgar Allan Poe (Links to an external site.) (click here for biography of Poe)

“The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843)

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