The Tell-Tale Heart
The Tell-Tale Heart
by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Tell-Tale Heart Mortality Quotes Page 2

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First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. (8)

We don't bring this up to be gross, but to point out that this violent image is perhaps more disturbing than the image of the man smashed by the bed. For one thing, it's much more concrete and easy to visualize. It's also more invasively violent, even though the man is (we hope) already dead for this process.

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