The racism and guilt of the narrator continues to haunt him once he has killed the black cat. Th... ... middle of paper ... ...is wife and hides her body he does not own up to his actions but instead blames the cat as the one “which had been the cause of so much wretchedness”. (254) The narrator even after he thought he had successfully hides his wife’s body and causes the cat to flee, still refuses to accept responsibility for his actions. He does this in order to protect himself however; the one eye cat continues to secretly haunt him. He thought that the cat had “been alarmed at the violence of his previous anger” (254) and decided not to show up, meanwhile, the cat was just leading the way for justice to enter.
First of all Poe used Human Potential in his work The Tell-Tale Heart. In The Tell-Tale Heart the character killed a man because the man’s eye bothered him. This shows his human potential for evil because only someone truly evil would kill someone because their eye bothered them. Also Poe showed Human Potential in The Black Cat. In the Black Cat the character kills his wife because she got in the way of him killing this cat that drove him mad and then he proceeds to bury her in a wall.
Having so much guilt he finally finds a replacement cat, which looks similar to his old cat but has a spooky factor to it. The spooky cat is the result of the narrator's downfall at the end, when he ends up murdering his wife. The spooky cat gets its revenge when the police, for the murder of his wife, catch the narrator. The two stories, which have hardly anything in common story wise, have some similarities in some aspects of the stories. First of all, looking at both of the stories plots you can see they are two completely different short stories.
Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" is a story of how an arguably demonic, manipulating black cat ruins the life of its master. After being maimed and murdered by its once loving owner, the cat is reincarnated and finds its way back to its murderer to seek revenge. The story, however, does not focus so much on the actions of the cat, but rather the actions of its unfortunate master. The story is narrated from the point of view of a condemned, remorseful man who recalls the violent actions that placed him in his current doomed state. When we first meet the narrator, we find that he held an undying affection for animals in his youth and early adulthood.
In a fit of rage he tries killing the cat with an axe. His wife intervenes, and in turn, she is the one who receives the death blow to the head. He tries hiding his deed, but the cat ends up giving him away when the police come calling. Edgar Allan Poe depicts his narrator in the story as a man who is believed to be mad. The narrator assures that he is sane and that... ... middle of paper ... ...do not mess with black cats.
In “Overview: ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’” the author states “It immediately suggest the mental instability that the narrator will continue to deny through the remainder of the story. He insist that he carefully planned, stealthy manner in which he murdered the old man and dismembered and hid the corpse was to clever an accomplishment for an insane man” (Howes). It is clear that the narrator of the story is indeed, mad. Even though a person who has a mental issue (e.g. “mad”) may not have a strong enough conscience to feel guilt, the motive is both guilt and psychosis in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The narrator had no humane reason to kill a loved one, the guilt when the narrator murders the old man made his anxiety grow more so when the narrator planed the murder out.
But, because he is a little insane, there is a debate out there on if he should be punished. In the story, The Tell Tale Heart, the narrator is insane and should not be punished. To begin, the narrator kills an old man because of his scary looking vulture eye. The narrator states, “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man” (Poe). The narrator also states, “I think it was his eye!” (Poe).
The narrator confesses the sole reason for killing the old man is his eye: "Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees - very gradually - I made up my mind to rid myself of the eye for ever" (34). The narrator begins his tale of betrayal by trying to convince the reader he is not insane, but the reader quickly surmises the narrator indeed is out of control. The fact that the old man's eye is the only motivation to murder proves the narrator is so mentally unstable that he must search for justification to kill. In his mind, he rationalizes murder with his own unreasonable fear of the eye. The narrator wrestles with conflicting feelings of responsibility to the old man and feelings of ridding his life of the man's "Evil Eye" (34).
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Telltale Heart” the narrator illustrates his insanity through obsession and murder. The narrator’s only motive for killing the old man was his eye. As quoted in the text, “Whenever it (the old man’s eye) fell upon me, my blood ran cold”, this indicates that the narrator ...
The Tale Tell Heart” is a short story in which Edgar Allen Poe, the author, illustrates the madness and complexity of an individual. The unnamed narrator, who is Poe’s main character, is sharing his story of him murdering an old man on the sole reason of his dislike for his filmy blue eye, which reminds him of a vulture. He meticulously plans the murder of this old man, and attempts to cover up the act through his twister persona. In the "Tell-Tale Heart", Poe uses satire, imagery, and symbolism to portray how startlingly perverted the mind of the narrator is and how guilt always prevails. Poe starts off the short story by giving us insight into the unnamed narrator’s twisted mind.