The narrator, Montresor wants to not only get away with killing his rival, but he wants to do so in a way that prevents the man from knowing of the narrator’s cruel ... ... middle of paper ... ...the points mentioned if one was to go back to the question is there a deeper, darker meaning to Poe’s fiction “The Cask of Amontillado”? It would be hard to argue no when the very characters in the story are walking, talking personifications of these characteristics. These people represent the worst in humanity, engaging in murder, betrayal, and many other heinous things. In fact, one could even suggest that Poe seeing these things in everyday society is what inspired him to write this tale. Maybe a wrong was done to him that went unjust, and this story is just his fantasy of getting revenge on that person.
Poe strips the story of a river of detail as a way to intensify the murderer’s obsession with the old man’s eye, the heartbeat, and his own claim to sanity. Allan Edgar Poe, wrote a strong story, with an unusual point of view. Following, the criminal in his long way down to madness, and his resistance towards the truth. He’s the one with a problem, not the eye. But the reader is supposed to be convince at the end of his speech that he’s not mad, but they finally, think he isn’t “just nervous” as he says, but mad.
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.
The officers had not suspected him or coaxed him into confessing; instead it was he, whom by his own unity, admitting to the crime. The rising guilt consumes the narrator, eating him from the inside out, and his enhanced senses blur the lines between real and imagined sound. This guilt is represented as an maddeningly cloying sound that could not b... ... middle of paper ... ...o allows the reader to feel, see and hear just how insane the narrator really is. The eye of the old man symbolizes the “evil” thoughts in the narrator’s mind that leads to the murder. The heartbeat symbolizes the “guilt” the narrator feels when he confesses to his guilty conscious.
Do we truly ever know if one is mad? Madness is the driving force that tears away at our souls and makes us assess our deepest nightmares. It is the fears and terrors that will tip us over the edge of this imaginative level of insanity. Edgar Allen Poe often wrote many murderous and gruesome stories that would influence the reader to contemplate the bigger ideas in life. “The Tell-Tale Heart”, written by Poe in 1843, is one of the most well known short stories from his time that explores the hidden qualities of an unknown narrator who attempts to convince the readers of his saneness.
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).
The Plot in both stories are based on a murder, and in both the murderer tries to conceal evidence of the murder but still they are discovered. The two short stories are both confessions, in Poe's the murderer could be telling his confession to a friend or a policeman. In Dickens's the murderers confession is probably a written confession because he goes deeply into background knowledge. In both short stories the confession is the climax. The motive for both killers is also the eye of the victim, because it drives both of them crazy.
Critical Analysis of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart The Tell Tale Heart is a story, on the most basic level, of conflict. There is a mental conflict within the narrator himself (assuming the narrator is male). Through obvious clues and statements, Poe alerts the reader to the mental state of the narrator, which is insanity. The insanity is described as an obsession (with the old man's eye), which in turn leads to loss of control and eventually results in violence. Ultimately, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate.
The missing eye of the cat that frequently haunts the storyteller after he killed his cat is typical of the first rival to the storyteller. The more the storyteller is laid open to the apparition, the more he permits himself to be overwhelmed by franticness. In The Tell Tale Heart the old man's eye is the point of convergence of the story, which drives the storyteller to madness making him to murder the old man. The storyteller tries to demonstrate to the audience his rational soundness, yet the story that he tells surely uncovers that he is in fact insane. The similarity in the settings can be found; The setting for the Black Cat is based in a house while the setting for the Tell Tale Heart is in the house of the old man featured in the story.
In the Black cat short story, it is the madness of the characters that creates the perfect scary story, the man trying to kill the cat and eventually killing his wife. Poe creates an atmosphere of horror by making the reader feel they are the main character, that they have just driven an axe in to there wives head. He wants the reader to feel scared and unsure, to be scared next time they hear a soft beating sound that is unexplainable, to remember the story and haunt you for as long as you live. The techniques he uses to do this are simple, but very, very affective, he repeats words and describes the most minute thing, for example, “It was open – wide, wide open – and I grew furious as I gazed upon it. I saw it with perfect distinctness – all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones: for I had directed the ray as if by instinct, precisely upon the damned spot.” That shows how he describes almost everything giving you a great idea of what was happening and how he repeated words to give a incredible sense of fear.