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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

TIME TO READ: POE'S "THE TELL-TALE HEART"



IES "Rafael Dieste" library has a programme to promote reading called "Time to Read" ("A Hora de Leer") for ESO students. It means to read in the classroom. We have already been reading in English. But now we are going to read a short story by Poe in Spanish and later listen to it in English. Do you like horror stories? Because here's one...

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe, January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and terror, Poe was one of the earliest American writers of short stories and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was the beginner of the science fiction genre.

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floor. Ultimately the narrator's guilt shows in the hallucination that the murdered man's heart is still beating under the floor.
It is unclear what relationship, the old man and his murderer have. It's suggested that the old man is a father figure, or the narrator works for the old man as a servant, perhaps, that his vulture eye represents some sort of secret or power.


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