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Obsession In The Tell Tale Heart Essay

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Obsession is the state of being obsessed with someone or something. Mad is you’re mentally ill and insane. In my opinion, obsession and mad are completely to different situations. Obsession doesn’t necessarily equal madness, because it depends on the situation. Edgar Allan Poe is known for his short stories and are told by narrators who are reliable but, “The Tell-Tale Heart” the unnamed narrator is insane and has a mental disease and there are many reasons why he is insane with evidence to prove it. He claims that he is not mad but he is very nervous. Even though he tries to convince that he is very careful on murdering the old man. A reliable narrator would not be pressed to justify his act, but only to tell it simply and without embellishment. We can clearly see that the narrator is an obsessed man of active senses, the narrator is not mad, we say he’s extremely a clever man is suffers from a mental disease. A mad person cannot think and argue like the narrator. So we cannot say he’s mad or he’s obsessed in killing, we know that the narrator is unreliable just by reading the first sentence. The narrator obsessions are: the old man’s evil eye, and the old man heartbeat. The narrator is an example of an unreliable narrator, because he is telling the entire story himself and there is no objective narration to back up his assertions. Since this narrator cannot explain his actions without constantly explaining himself, he can't be fully trusted. Poe says about the unreliable narrator “True!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been, and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses not destroyed not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute” (Poe 691). Obviously the narrator is me... ... middle of paper ... ... In conclusion, the narrator was obsessive, and he was in denial of his madness, and he claims he was not mad. At the end of the story it is a game of mind over matter of his own choice that lets him down of an almost perfect murder. His unreliability comes from directly from this first paragraph of the short story, when he swears on his clearness of mind. But little does he know that he starts to lose it when he’s talking to the cops and gives away the game all by himself. He imagines the old man heart giving the game away under the floor by getting louder louder. There is no way that the heart could have been beating; he literally had the body into pieces. This side can lead a person to do evil things that they would never think of doing normally. It’s insane that he had to kill the old man just because he didn’t like his pale blue eye and to soothe his pain.
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