He becomes abusive towards her, even physically assaulting her, but not once does she fight back. Poe's work in the Gothic form easily lends itself to adaptation to film.
Chesnutt, Charles W. Floyd Stovall, a long-time and more enthusiastic admirer of Poe, has recently paid his critical respects to "the conscious art of Edgar Allan Poe. One wall, which had just been replastered and was still wet, was still standing.
However, during the three years that he and Pluto were companions, his temperament and character became radically altered because he drank to excess. In conclusion, then, the five tales I have commented on display Poe's deliberate craftsmanship and penetrating sense of irony.
Consequently, this act of perversity far exceeds the hanging of Pluto and can only be accounted for by Poe's theme of the perversity of the narrator's acts.
It is a tribute to Poe's skill as a writer, then, that he can give this story the flavor of the supernatural yet at the same time allow for rational explanations of what happens that keep the story within the bounds of what might be possible.
Indeed, he often so designs his tales as to show his narrators' limited comprehension of their own problems and states of mind; the structure of many of Poe's stories clearly reveals an ironical and comprehensive intelligence critically and artistically ordering events so as to establish a vision of life and character which the narrator's very inadequacies help to "prove.
I find it almost impossible to believe that Poe has no serious artistic motive in "The Tell-Tale Heart, " that he merely revels in horror and only inadvertently illuminates the depths of the human soul.
Evangelicals emphasized the power of the human will to overcome sin and crime culminating perhaps most dramatically in Finney's belief in perfectionismwhile scientific examination narrowed the gap between the rational human and irrational animal, and thereby posited a kind of naturalistic determinism.
A psychological reading of the text, such as Ed Piacentino's, supplies a third explanation of motive, while also exposing the dangers such analysis bears. Evangelists preach against the consumption of alcohol, proclaiming it a sin.