RR 1 (English 102) - Madonna Nguyen English 102 Prof Kirst...

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Madonna Nguyen English 102, Prof. Kirst September 7, 2015 Reading Response 1 The story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe is psychologically intriguing. This story shows that insanity and paranoia can cause a person to do crazy things like murdering an old man with an abnormal eye. I chose to do a reading response to this story because I personally love Poe’s style of writing, especially in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” After reading the first paragraph, the reader can immediately identify that the narrator is unreliable because the narrator had admitted of having a disease and that he was not “ mad ”. As the reader, the narrator made me feel nervous, and strangely uncomfortable especially when the narrator was speaking in first person, and was never identified, and trying to get the reader to understand that he is not a mad man.
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Unformatted text preview: Usually diseases are known as harmful, but in this story, the narrator mentioned that the disease had sharpened their senses, not destroyed, not dulled, and that the disease had given the narrator the sense of hearing acute which was a good use of foreshadow that Poe used because of how the narrator heard the old mans heart beat later on in the story. I think it’s interesting how the narrator never seemed to be afraid of the old man, but yet, be extremely bothered by one eye enough to take the old man’s life which makes me question the narrator’s motives for telling the story, especially in such a calm and persuading tone, but not mentally healthy believable....
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