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The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843, following this question:

The question reads: "Does the author's style affect your response to your understanding of the work? If so, how would you describe the style?

For example, what is the tone? Is it ironic, satirical, somber, light, wry, humorous, or simply neutral? Is the sentence construction fairly simple or elaborate? Can you detect a rhythm? Are the words familiar or fancy? Does the style create a mood? Do you think the style is important in contributing to the effectiveness of the work? For each story, write one paragraph outlining what you believe is the author's style.

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The Tell-Tale Heart is a story about a murder, but also about a person (sex undetermined but seemingly male) who is obviously unstable. The tone is somewhat like dark humor--satirical, ironic, somber, wry--all describe this story. It is basically a horror story/thriller, but you do somewhat find the narrator comical at times. The man is telling how the man is basically haunting him from the ...

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This solution looks at the sentence structure of The Tell-Tale Heart in 264 words.