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How Women and Mental Illness Were the Main Contributors to the Eminent Darkness in Edgar Allen Poe’s Writing
Edgar Allen Poe is very well known for several profound short stories. The Tell Tale heart is known around the world. The story The Tell Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe Shows the reader the inner complexity behind the unnamed, main character who in this particular story is also the narrator for the reader. Poe portrays a character whose almost every sensory that is used in the story becomes a reminder of the crime he has committed. The conflict within the narrator is extremely noticeable in the beginning of this story. Due to obvious clues and statements, Poe indicates that the Narrators metal state is indeed insanity. The insanity begins to worsen because the narrator’s obsession with the old man’s eye which causes him to lose self-control and turn to violence and commit murder. Throughout this essay I intend to discuss how Edgar Allen Poe, uses characterization, point of view and setting to reveal the characters true and inner self in the Tell Tale Heart.
At the end of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe’s fascination with death is apparent when the narrator ruthlessly killed an old man with a disturbing eye, but felt so guilty that he confessed to the police. The narrator dismembered the old man’s body and hid them in the floor, confident that they were concealed. However, when the police came to investigate, the narrator heard a heart beating and began to crack under the pressure. Overcome with guilt, he confessed that he murdered him and pulled up the floorboards. The narrator exclaimed, “But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision!” (“Heart” 4). Although the narrator was calm and confident at first, the guilt he experienced drove him mad, causing...
Edgar Allan Poe uses the insanity of his narrator to create an unsettled feeling in the reader. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator has the readers on their toes. Humans have a tendency to not see the truth about their conditions, even when they are talking in detail about them. This is seen in "The Tell-Tale Heart" when the narrator starts by telling the reader "[t]he disease had sharpened [his] senses . . . not dulled them,"(1). The use of fear, the concept of sanity, and the dedication to detail the narrator, all provide insight about a world that some people might wish to do without.
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" is a short story about how a murderer's conscience overtakes him and whether the narrator is insane or if he suffers from over acuteness of the senses. Poe suggests the narrator is insane by the narrator's claims of sanity, the narrator's actions bring out the narrative irony of the story, and the narrator is insane according to the definition of insanity as it applies to "The Tell Tale Heart".
Throughout Poe’s short story he showed examples of iconography and how they showed throughout the story. In the story an example of iconography would be when the narrator killed the old man that he was taking care of, although he had done nothing to the narrator. Another prime example would be the old man’s “Evil Eye” (Poe) as described by the narrator in Poe’s story. The evil eye is what drove the narrator mad and is what led him to kill the old man at the end of the novel. Throughout most horror genre stories the person that commits the crime is usually mentally unstable and spends their time throughout the story fighting with their unstable mind. This is the same case throughout The Tell Tale Heart; the narrator throughout the story tried to justify his insanity but then lost it all at the end and turned himself in to the
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