Everyone hits rock bottom or hits that breaking point in their lives. For some people it may be sooner than others. Our actions can be justified in some ways, where it depends on the person’s mental state, physical state, or emotional state. Additionally, we always try to find a reason on why our actions may be perceived to be right in our own eyes. In “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates the concept of morality through the state of madness, horrific narration and strong symbolism.
Poe reinforces issues of morality in "The Tell-Tale Heart" through the state of madness. In this story, Poe provided an analysis of paranoia and mental worsening or deterioration. Poe distributed this story in great detail to intensify the murderer’s (i.e. the narrator) obsession with specific extreme aversion towards objects and things like his heartbeat, the old man’s blue eye, and the murderers own assertion to sanity. In addition, Poe brightens the ambiguities that contribute to the narrator’s murderous profile. In particular, the narrator confesses in the beginning of the story as being extremely nervous, and yet he is incapable of understanding why he should be perceived or thought as someone who is crazy.
In particular, Poe uses morality when the narrator wants to prove that he is sane; however, it’s ironic because he describes his intentions and actions for murdering the old man. Thus, the narrator was only exhibiting his insanity. Moreover, this indicates the narrator as mad from the way the narrator fails to understand the connection of both the narrative form and the content of the story. The narrator masters accurate form, but he accidently lays out the story of the murder of the old man that contradicts...
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...d he thought it was karma for killing the black cat. Another cat that resembled his previous cat comes along and he tries to get rid of that cat because of the way it resembled his first cat. So when he tried killing the cat, his wife tried to stop him and instead of killing the cat he killed his wife with an axe. Both of these stories proves that the moral of the story is that both narrators don’t understand the distinction between what is right and what is wrong. Poe might have created these characters as people who don’t have a right or wrong and they simply do what they want to do. However, the main point Poe tries to distribute is that whatever sinister action that you do or whatever wrong doing that you inflicts on someone, the outcome will be very bad and you will pay for your consequences. Thus, it’s like the saying what goes around comes around.
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