A Madman In Edgar Allan Poe's A Tell-Tale Heart

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As a prosecutor is he a calculated killer or a delusional madman? In the story “A Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe, it introduces a killer that has a motive of wanting to kill an old man because of the look of his eye. He plans to kill the old man by staying in his house for 7-8 days and by setting up a lantern in the old man’s room. Then, after the 8th night, he had put a heavy mattress over him suffocating him and leading him to his death. Additionally, he disassembles his body hiding each part under the covers and at the end, he turns, mad. He had an unreasonable motive for killing the old man and had planned very well on how he would be killing the old man. I can conclude that this man is a convict found guilty, he should be put into…show more content…
The man had said, “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this He had the eye of a vulture.” (page 381, Poe) The man had thought to kill the man because of the look of his eye, though he said he loved the old man because he had never wronged him. For a prosecutor that wants to put him in an institute, they could argue that he was sick and had a disease that sharpened his sense to destroy. For instance, while he was planning to kill the old man he had felt an awful drumming, a hellish tattoo. A further example can be, when the officers had come in he had become anxious, nervous and all these mad thoughts filled his head. He had thought they were on to him and were there ready to arrest him. More specifically, the way he killed the old man was by quickly putting a heavy mattress over him to suffocate him. Much less, the definition of a madman is a person is mentally ill and refers to a person who does something really fast, intensely or in a very violent way. Also, he had so much pride in killing the man, he felt no guilt whatsoever. This is significant because this proves that he is mentally ill and is in no situation where he can see facts clearly or know from right or…show more content…
With this intention, the man had an unreasonable motive for killing the old man and the way he had planned it so well. Henceforth, he could be seen as a calculated killer or a delusional madman. Through his crimes, can be argued that he should be put in a mental institute or put in prison for the rest of his life. Based on the evidence provided, it's a better decision to convict the man into a mental institute. Ultimately, if you kill a person for no reason, but plan it very well are you a calculated killer or a mad
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