Unformatted text preview: the tension of atmosphere, which can be linked back to the theme of the increasing paranoia of a madman. The story begins in medias res and ends without resolution in climax. This is an abnormal structure for a shot story, but Poe does it on deliberately. Poe starts the story in the middle instead of from its beginning, and introduces characters, setting, and conflict through the flashback of the narrator confessing his guilt. This use of literary technique increases the curiosity of readers and hence contributes to the formation of the tension of the atmosphere. The hasty ending leaves greater space and extent for readers’ imagination, thus increases the story’s entertainment. Poe’s alternative use of structure is what we call “style”. Style plays an significant role in Art, because it is the identity of an artist....
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- The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe, pale blue eye