The Tell Tale Heart Guilt Quotes

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Sometimes our emotions can trigger what we feel inside and get to the best of us when we do something negative; this is known as guilt. Guilt comes in a variety of different ways that can help us learn from what’s right or wrong. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the narrator demonstrates an example of how guilt can conquer your mind and self even without awareness. Because of this, he enters a state of rampage that he should be condemned for and hold accountable of. The way the narrator portrays himself reveals to the reader that he experiences behavior issues such as madness, paranoia and monomania which causes him to feel extreme guilt.
At one point, everyone will or has gone through madness such as when we over stress or suffer. However, unlike …show more content…

For example, the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” experiences immense paranoia due to his lack of mental balance. The narrator states in the following line, “How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story” (Poe 1). This quote reveals to us that the narrator is frustrated and paranoid to be considered a “mad man”. He shows this by acting innocent and explaining how mad people are not in tact with reality unlike him. However, he demonstrates the necessary symptoms of paranoia such as the need to put up a guard when he is near the vulture eye. As of result, he enters a state of denial within himself which is shown when he states, “True! --nervous -- very, very dreadfully neverous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (Poe 1). The fact that the narrator is in denial, represents the narrator’s partial absence in reality. He then expresses his paranoia when he begins to “hear” the old man’s heart beat which is actually his own. His paranoia triggers this, causing him to feel anxiety and anxious throughout the story. Having paranoia will cause you, like the narrator, to live an unfulfilling life because of the amount of distress you will

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