It is a study of paranoia and mental deterioration. First of all, he combines the narrator and the protagonist. Poe writes this story from the perspective of the murderer of the old man. When an author creates a situation where the protagonist tells a personal account, the general shock of the story is sharp. The narrator, in this particular story, adds to the effect of horror by continually stressing to the reader that he is not mad, and tries to convince us of that fact by how carefully this brutal crime was planned and executed..
In the process of defending his sanity plea, the narrator has to confess about committing the crime. The confession in itself is self destructive if indeed he was a criminal who wanted to distance himself from the murder. Overall, Poe ‘s use of a subjective narrator, mysterious characters, and intricate plot heightens the tension of the tale, which makes the story a masterpiece of human psychological state that evokes empathy for the mad narrator. As the story progresses the sanity of the narrator becomes questionable. However, one cannot fail to recognize the characteristic unreliability of a first person narrator.
“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. In the “Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator believes that a disease has made his senses better, and that his heightened senses helped him plan out the murder of the old man he loves, “The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them” (Poe 884). The narrator states that... ... middle of paper ... ...r. That the narrator was indeed crazy, he murders a friend, a loved one over an eye. The eye that haunts him day and night, the eye that when it falls on the narrators makes his blood run cold alone drives the narrator crazy. The narrator has a hard time wanting to kill the old man while he is asleep.
The ?Tell-Tale Heart? begins with the murderer raving about his sanity, and that he commits the crime not because of lunacy but for his master?s ?Evil-Eye.? The man describes the eye as if it is a separate entity from the old man, and if it weren?t for the eye he would have nothing against his master. The eye being attached to the old man is just an unfortunate detail. 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.
Through his writing, Poe directly attributes the narrator’s guilt to his inability to admit his illness and offers his obsession with imaginary events - The eye’s ability to see inside his soul and the sound of a beating heart- as plausible causes for the madness that plagues him. After reading the story, the audience is left wondering whether the guilt created the madness, or vice versa. The story opens with the narrator explaining his sanity after murdering his companion. By immediately presenting the reader with the textbook definition of an unreliable narrator, Poe attempts to distort his audience’s perceptions from the beginning. This point is further emphasized by his focus on the perceived nexus of madness; the eye.
The tale begins with a dramatic declaration of a tortured mind: “very dreadful nervous I had been and am” (Poe 922). This vivid testimony immediately gives the reader insight into the narrator’s state of paranoia. Regardless of “how calmly” the narrator vows he can recount his story, his words foreshadow the crime he commits (Poe 922). He is mentally imbalanced and has committed a murder without rational motive. In “Ego-Evil and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’”, Magdalen Wing-chi Ki says the narrator’s mind is “utterly corrupt at its root” because he is “immune to the notion of right or wrong” (Wing-chi Ki 29).
Ultimately, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate. Although the narrator seems to be blatantly insane, and thinks he has freedom from guilt, the feeling of guilt over the murder is too overwhelming to bear. The narrator cannot tolerate it and eventually confesses his supposed 'perfect'; crime. People tend to think that insane persons are beyond the normal realm of reason shared by those who are in their right mind. This is not so; guilt is an emotion shared by all humans.
As he drives out of L... ... middle of paper ... ...he spot. Both of the poems are confusing and surreal as Hitcher is about the idea of jealousness compared to Salome, which is about the idea of hatred. Both The Man He Killed and On My First Sonne are menacing in a different way. They both are about guilt and empathy. The Man he Killed is a dramatic monologue of a man confessing to murder whereas On My First Sonne is an elegy to his Son.
In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Purloined Letter” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Edgar Allan Poe explores horror, the mystery of psychology and puzzles in order to show the depth of the human mind and the consequences of it. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a man opens up by saying that he will defend his sanity yet confessing that he has killed old man who he takes care of. The police show up and ask him if he knows anything about the screams the old man had made. He tells them no and they believe him. In the end he hears them talking and laughing and assumes that they are mocking him and know that he is lying.
The greatest aspect that shows the narrator is insane is how he thinks he hears the heartbeat of the dead old man. In conclusion, In Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Tell-Tale Heart” a great deal of sanity, guilt, and nervousness is expressed throughout the entire story. Themes that are used are guilt and innocence, and sanity and insanity throughout the narrator describing his cognitive thought process for his actions and his mental state while planning to murder the old man. The narrator displays sanity and insanity through his constant reassurance to the reader that he cannot be insane because of his cautious and planning of the murder. The narrator exhibits his guilt and innocence thorough his pride in how he handled the police to then a few seconds later when he is overwhelmed with guilt and uncertainty and confesses to the police that he committed the crime.