This may be true, but the narrator from The Tell Tale Heart is worse because his mental illness is so severe, that he loses control and kills an innocent old man. The narrator says in desperation, “If you still think me mad, you will no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.” (Poe 3,3). The narrator is trying to justify his madness of murdering an old man by telling the reader how he took precautions when concealing the body which definitely means that he is a psychopath and has some extreme mental illness. That further demonstrates that the narrator from The Tell-Tale Heart is the most unreliable. The narrator also says, “... but the noise arose over all and continually increased.
Human emotions are very fragile and have extreme consequences on the human psyche. Guilt is one the emotions that can have the most harmful effect on individuals. In Raskolnikov’s case in drove him insane. Raskolnikov feels immediate guilt whenever his rationale for committing the murder is put into question, particularly when he is he kills Lizaveta. The second murder causes Raskolnikov’s guilt, the immediate response was his physical illness, but as that subsided he became increasingly paranoid, especially when something cause him to question his reasoning.
His problems may have caused him to become a killer and lose feeling for what is right and what is wrong. Also, when the killer was waiting to make his move, he heard the heart beat of the old man, and that sound repeated itself in his brain and jacked him up to kill. The narrator tried to convince the reader that he was not a mad man over and over again. After the murder he tries again to sell us his sanity: “And now have I [narrator] not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses” (Poe 305). He truly believes, with all his heart, that chopping up another human being heightened his senses and made him a better person.
Obsession, an idea or thought that constantly keeps invading one’s mind, sometimes leading them to do terribly foolish things. This is proficiently depicted in the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson. In “The Tale-Tale Heart”, the protagonist was so strongly obsessed with the old man’s vulture-like eye and hated it with such a great passion, that he decided to take the old man’s life. Similarly, in “The Possibility of Evil”, Adela Strangeworth was so excessively addicted to helping stop spread “evil” in her town that she did not realize that she was being intrusive and invading peoples personal lives. Even though in these two stories tackle different things the main character is obsessed over, the main idea of harming other peoples lives because of their strange obsession remains the same.
This made Sage understand that the past should not be the reason to live by. In addition, regret is another emotion that is evident throughout the novel. It is especially apparent with Joseph. He feels that he needs to be punished for all the things he has done in the past. When Sage asks why he is so desperate to die, he replies, “Because I should be dead, Sage.
Anderson was intentional but since he was going through a state of insanity from the blue eye of the man that he feels there is no other choice than to take the life of the frail man. Raflin explains Mr. Anderson’s “pale blue eye, with a film on it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold… I made up my mind to take the life of the old man.”(p.295)Mr. Raflin is showing that the reason he wants to kill this innocent aged man is because of his pale blue eye. This is showing more evidence of how insane Raflin is, and how he most likely couldn’t control his actions. Because this blue eye frightened him so much his mind told him that killing Mr. Anderson would do him
(Cara) Yes, it could be said that it is only the narrator's imagination. This is a good point, yet it fails to account for the narrator killing a man because of what he thinks. The claim that insanity eats you alive is supported in the text, “He had the eye of a vulture--a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold, and so by degrees--very gradually--I made my mind to take the life of the old man” (Poe 2). “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” by Edgar Allan Poe share similar themes and craft, yet are highly different.
The suspense of the story was created when the cause introduces you to the problem in the story and who wants to get rid of the problem which if made correctly can cause a strong feeling of suspense. “He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it, whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees—very gradually-- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” The effect of the man's hatred for the old man’s eye caused the mad man to kill him to rid himself of the eye. IF the cause of the man's hatred for the old man did not exist, then he would not have killed him. How does this paragraph prove your overall thesis statement? Transition into the next paragraph.
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The massive characters are seared with scars. "- Khalil Gibran. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” written by Edgar Allen Poe, the main character, Montresor, suffers from an abnormal physcology for revenge due to his name being mocked by a man named Fortunato. Montresor is so consumed by his hatred for Fortunato that he deliberately creates a plot to murder Fortunato to seek justice for himself and his family name.