Thesis Statement Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe

A thesis statement is a sentence in which the writer states the main idea or central point contained in his paper and his position on it. The arguments presented in his writing should then reflect and support his point of view. This means that the thesis statement should be focused and specific. It cannot just be a sweeping, generalised observation.

Since  the content of a paper is determined by a thesis statement, it should preferably be included in the introductory paragraph. In considering the above, a good thesis statement to consider for Poe's short story would be something along the following lines:

Edgar Allan Poe's gothic horror story, The Tell-Tale heart, illustrates how obsession can turn into madness and lead to the destruction of its victim and others.

Such a thesis statement allows the writer to explore the obsession that the narrator has with the old man's 'evil eye' and the descriptions he gives it to emphasize its effect on him. The writer can then delve into how this obsession affects the narrator's thinking and his behaviour - which both display an abnormality. Finally, the writer can present detail as to how these drive the narrator to commit a desperate, fatal act and his responses later when he is so overwhelmed by what he believes he hears that he confesses to his malicious deed.

It is important that your thesis refers to the fact that as the story is a first-person account of events, the audience has only information from a clearly deranges source. The narrator’s words, action and diction all conspire to present him as an irrational, and therefore untrustworthy, narrator.

An exploration of the bizarre movements of the narrator would help to indicate his heightened consciousness and awareness, and may be called upon to support a claim...

It is important that your thesis refers to the fact that as the story is a first-person account of events, the audience has only information from a clearly deranges source. The narrator’s words, action and diction all conspire to present him as an irrational, and therefore untrustworthy, narrator.

An exploration of the bizarre movements of the narrator would help to indicate his heightened consciousness and awareness, and may be called upon to support a claim that he is so precise in his actions and observations that his account is intensely precise. A possible question for debate and analysis could be the following:

‘The story of “The Tell Tale Heart" requires the audience to trust the account of an unreliable narrator.’ How far do you believe this to be the case?’

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