The Tell Tale Heart

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"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe Movies that are based on books are usually quite different than the book version. In a way, it is important for the movies to be different, because in order to get the point across, there are some changes that the director must do. In movies, the director must create the imagination for you.

For example, in the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, you have to use your imagination to create the right kind of scene in your head, whereas in the movie it is already there for you. In order for the right kind of atmosphere to come across to the viewers, all the little details must be right.

The movie version of this story is a good example of creating "the right kind of mood" for the viewers. The director creates suspense by adding a rather chilling and eerie music to movie.

He adds somewhat of foreshadowing by letting the character do his narration, just like in the story. In a way, it is easy to tell what will happen in the story, since the main character doesn't really hesitate to tell you.

Also another big part of this movie, are the characters. It is very easy to say that the men in this movie perfectly suited the roles they were supposed to play. The man, indeed, had an eye that could drive a man to insanity, as it did to the main character. As for the man who killed the old guy, he played his part very well and the details of his character really added to the story. For example, the way he walked, the way he talked, and the way he somehow created a dangerous aura around him.

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