The narrator states, “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man” (Poe). The narrator also states, “I think it was his eye!” (Poe). In fact, he is insane because he didn’t know right from wrong in killing the old man. He never thought to himself once that it was wrong to kill the old man until way after the murder. Up next, another reason he is insane is he let a tiny feature, the vulture eye, on the old man take advantage of him.
Though the narrator of The Tale Heart can be argued as clinically insane, but if we take what he saying as truth because we have no reason not to, we would see that the narrator had no hatred for his victims. He even said in the opening "Passion there was none. I loved the old man"(Poe 1843). So it 's obviously he loved the old man but it was the eye that drove him to murder. Unlike in The Cask of Amontillado" where it 's quite clear he 's had a seeded hatred of Fortunado.
He feels guilty, as he has no conceivable explanation for shooting the man. He talks of the similarities he and his foe had such as 'He thought he'd 'list, perhaps, Off hand like - just as I.' The use of hesitation and repetition show the threatening side of the story. It is almost as if he himself is trying to construct an image in his mind as not to make himself look or feel guilty or censurable. The use of colloquialism makes the image even more menacing as we do not understand greatly of this man.
His urges drive him mad and when he has the “not still dreams” of girls and women, his urge pushes him over the edge and he gives in (Sebold 96). Claudius’ character differs in the way that he is not a serial killer, but he does murder the king for his royal throne and got many prizes for it. But he later confesses to having grief over his actions and longs to ask for forgiveness, although he does not want to give up his throne and his queen. Most villain stereotypes are not depicted to grieve for their actions or attempt to prevent themselves from being the villain, but they are still seen, and depicted as the villain
In both of these stories, the narrator is described as a murderer, utilizing disturbing ways to torture and kill their victims. In the Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is vexed by the old man’s eye, of which he compares to that of the eye of a vulture. However, the owner of the eye, an old man that had cared for the narrator since he was a young boy, was not the direct result of the hate. In fact, the narrator states, “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me.
Furthermore, the narration also helps in telling the story. It is first person point of view, so the story is heard entirely from him. Readers will go into Montresor’s thoughts and be curious about why he wants to kill Fortunato so badly. Furthermore, the symbolism of the story is very important and many symbols in symbolizing Montresor killing Fortunato. Finally, the insane Montresor tried to pull the perfect crime but fails; he does not pull the perfect crime, he fails his goal when he realizes he is doing a bad thing.
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.
Their sense of detachment actually lets the reade... ... middle of paper ... ... more irrational. They murdered because of their mental damage and while are not remorseful for the killings, they may have regretted that their victims had to die because of their obsessions. In The Tell-Tale Heart the corpse is dismembered, and while this is not done in The Black Cat, we can compare the methodical way in which the men go about the murders. Also, in both of the stories, the narrators reflect on their deterioration after it has happened. This allows them to comment on what happened with hindsight, and therefore we have a unique viewpoint of what happened.
Edgar Allen Poe was an American Writer who wrote within the genre of horror and science fiction. He was famous for writing psychologically thrilling tales examining the depths of the human psyche. This is true of the Tell-Tale Heart, where Poe presents a character that appears to be mad because of his obsession to an old mans, ‘vulture eye’. Poe had a tragic life from a young age when his parents died. This is often reflected in his stories, showing characters with a mad state of mind, and in the Tell Tale Heart where the narrator plans and executes a murder.
In “Overview: ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’” the author states “It immediately suggest the mental instability that the narrator will continue to deny through the remainder of the story. He insist that he carefully planned, stealthy manner in which he murdered the old man and dismembered and hid the corpse was to clever an accomplishment for an insane man” (Howes). It is clear that the narrator of the story is indeed, mad. Even though a person who has a mental issue (e.g. “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.