The Tell-Tale Heart | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of The Tell-Tale Heart.
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SOURCE: "Edgar Allan Poe: 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination'," in Aspects of the Modern Short Story: English and American, University of London, 1924, pp. 32-44.

In the following excerpt, Ward points out that the lack of motive on the part of the narrator is a major flaw in "The Tell-Tale Heart. "

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is one of the most effective parables ever conceived. Shorn of its fantastic details regarding the murdered man's vulture-like eye, and the longdrawn-out detail concerning the murderer's slow entrance into his victim's room, the story stands as an unforgettable record of the voice of a guilty conscience.

Despite its merit as a parable, "The Tell-Tale Heart" is marred by the insanity of the chief character. From the very first sentence his madness is apparent through his desperate insistence upon his sanity; and the preliminaries of his crime go to prove that madness. The vital weakness...

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