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How does Poe portray a sense of madness and paranoia in The Tell

How does Poe portray a sense of madness and paranoia in The Tell

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How does Poe portray a sense of madness and paranoia in The Tell-Tale Heart? Jacky Chong Edgar Allan Poe portrays a sense of madness and paranoia in The Tell-Tale Heart through the use of irony. In the story, the narrator claims to hear the old man’s heart beat after the old man is dead for a long period, which proves that he is mentally deranged; he also fully admits his guilt of murdering in attempting to prove his sanity, which is an act of self -destruction. These ironies lead readers to the realization and understanding of the narrator’s madness and paranoia. Another irony
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Unformatted text preview: is that the narrator describes his murdering process in detail, but he does not even mention information about himself, the old man, and the relationship between them. This irony helps establishing an atmosphere of ambiguity. This atmosphere not just develops the horror of the story further, but also helps portraying the story’s theme, which is the studying and understanding of insane people, because it directs us to place ourselves into the story’s situation, which is a successful emotional impact on readers....
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