What reveals the speaker of Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart”
Write a 500-word essay (2 double-spaced pages) that analyzes a single work and a single literary technique, concept, or device in detail, explaining how and why the author uses the device to realize the thematic goals of his or her work. The essay should, first of all, describe or define the device in question and, second of all, apply that definition to the work being analyzed. How does Atwood play with the expectations of plot in “Happy Endings”? What reveals the speaker of Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart” to be an unreliable first-person narrator? How does the figure of metaphor give structure and meaning to Plath’s “Metaphors”? In what ways does Shakespeare lay bare the conventions of the sonnet form in “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”?