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Tell To Kill Essay

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“And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense? Now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man's heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” –“Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe
The Gothic fiction genre has been known for its gory and gruesome imagery ever since the 1800s. This genre has flourished from one generation to another into many other sub-genres including the Southern Gothic. With “Tell Tale Heart” Edgar Allen Poe out does himself with his incredibly brutal ...view middle of the document...

” This is foreshadowing the actuality that this story will contain a gothic approach. The story is set in southern Georgia, with a sunny day. It was a day good enough to go on a road trip with the family to Tennessee. The grandmother, who is very judgmental and critical of anyone but herself suggests that they go to Tennessee instead of Florida because there is an escaped convict called “The Misfit” and she doesn’t want to put the kids in danger. This is dramatic irony O’ Connor used in the story because them not going to Florida put them in even more danger of running into the misfit. The whole trip could’ve been avoided if the grandma wasn’t always placing her opinion in anything. In the final minutes of her death, she ultimately realizes that she is not perfect and flawed just as anyone else in the world; she even called “The Misfit” one of her own. Thus taking three shots to her chest and plummeting to her death.
The utterly southern gothic feel of “A good man is hard to find” isn’t shown until later in the story. It begins once the grandmother’s cat gets out of her basket and causes the car accident. From there everything goes downhill for the family itself. In...

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