The main argument of the narrator’s sanity is his description of how he killed the old man, and how he has thought of his behavior and cleaned up the murder scene: this even more proves his instability, as no person in their sound mind would find such argument to be a solid proof of sanity. Innocence vs. Guilt. The narrator’s guilt is a center stone of the whole story. It is, indeed, a story of a crazy person who kills an old man because of his “evil eye”, then cuts the body in pieces, hides it under the floor, cleans up the mess, then behaves as normal as he is capable of with the police, but then shouts out loud about his guilt after hearing a paranormal heartbeat of the dead person’s heart.
The narrator’s justification of the murder is an obvious window in his insanity. He declares his reasons for the night murder as the old man’s fake eye, which made his blood run cold at the sight.. He directly states, “I think it was his eye! Yes! It was this!
The Evil “I”: Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart What could possibly motivate someone to kill an innocent old man in his sleep? Edgar Allan Poe proposes an answer to that question in the short story entitled “The Tell-Tale Heart”, where an insane narrator, who is convinced to be perfectly rational, murders an old man because of the unrest he feels at the sight of his vulture-like eye. Although the narrator views the eye as an evil presence, he fails to see that the eye symbolizes himself, the true evil power in the story. To begin, the narrator is haunted by the idea that the eye is evil and that he must dispose of it. At the start, it is clear that the eye disturbs the narrator: “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 413).
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 the following quote the man describes his feelings towards the Evil-Eye and what he decided to do about it: ?Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself ... ... middle of paper ... ...d in some part of the home of each of the murderers. Also, in both of ?The Tell-Tale Heart? and ?The Cask of Amontillado? the killer?s guilty consciences eventually caused some sort of confession of their crimes. The man in the first story was driven mad into confessing from an imaginary heart beat, and the man in the latter is left to believe his conscience is what caused him to write his story confessing his crime.
III. Conclusion A. Summarize Your Main Arguments: The narrator has concocted a tale of obsession over the eye of the old man, therefore killing the old man to raid himself off the eye becomes justify. But in an intriguing twist, his mind and acute sense of hearing conspire against him leading him to admit his deed and in so doing his insanity. Proving his sanity meant a lot to the narrator in The Tell Tale Heart, but in the end he became the victim of his own insanity (4). B.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” written in 1843 is a story that is narrated by a crazed man. Initially the character is driven absolutely mad by the presence of the “vulture eye” of an old man that he serves. Strategically planned he decides to kill the man when he realizes he can no longer handle seeing his eye daily. Patiently for 8 nights he watches the old man sleep until he can muster up the courage of actually murdering him. Coincidentally the old man wakes up when the narrator ends up killing him with little struggle.
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 narrator murdered the old man because of his pale blue eye. He late explains the rationale behind his actions and tries to convince the reader that he killed him because he could not stand the sight of the man’s evil eye staring at him. The theme of insanity is the most important theme in The Tell Tale Heart short story. In the beginning of the story, Poe writes, “How, then, am I mad? Hearken!
…I think it was his eye! He had the eye of a vulture... and by so degrees –very gradually –I made my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe1). Poe utilizes parallelism to emphasize that the eye is the true motive behind the murder when he says, “Object there was none. Passion there was none” (1) validating that the narrator has convinced himself the eye is the source of all evils and must destroy the “eye” which sparks an all consuming obsession. This obsession is also backed by the earlier purpose of self identification, if he identifies closely with the old man, the eyes of the old man are the only ones that can truly see through his façade- and therein becomes a weakness that must be destroyed.