Tell Tale Heart analysis

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe deals with a man’s mental deterioration and his descent into madness. The story focuses on the narrator and his obsessions. It is told from a first person point of view by the protagonist himself. The point of view of the story is important because the reader only has one side of the story to work with. Therefore, the reader only knows what the narrator thinks and sees. This complicates things in deciding why the narrator goes insane. However, the narrator does reveal his insanity, and he reveals it through his obsessions. The narrator’s obsessions include; his obsessions with his own sanity, the old man’s evil eye, and the old man’s beating heart. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a story about a man, in this case the narrator, who for eight consecutive nights goes to the bedroom of another man. He stands at the door watching the man sleep with a single ray of light pointing directly at the sleeping man’s eye, an evil eye according to the narrator. On the eighth night, the man is sitting up in bed with his eye open, and the narrator, consumed by the “evil eye” and the sound of the man’s beating heart races into the room and kills the man in his bed. After the mu Continue...


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The way that he says this leads the reader to believe that the narrator is trying to convince him or her that he is not insane. On the other hand, if the evil eye was his motive, then his obsession with something as insignificant as an eye makes him insane as well. Aside from that, he is actually proud of his method for disposal of the "corpse as he puts it. This is obvious in the obsessions that the narrator has in Poe's short story. With this in mind, it seems difficult for one to think of the narrator as normal by any definition. As the story progresses, the narrator continually expresses that he is not mad. It takes the narrator seven days of watching the man sleep to finally act upon his instincts. He is quite the contrary for that matter. With this in mind, the reader has no choice but to declare the narrator insane. The narrator is deranged in fearing the eye of this old man.

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