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.” (Poe,1843)This piece of text explains to us why he wanted to kill the old man. But killing someone just because of one of their eyes is different is not okay to me and that is when “delusional mad man” come in. In the beginning for the story Poe starts with “True!---nervous---very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! but why will you say that I am mad?
I heard many things in hell.” (1). Perhaps, if he could things from hell, he could have heard bad things about the old man. He proceeded to tell the reader, “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” (Poe 2) Since his reasoning is completely illogical, the reader can infer that he is mentally unstable. The narrator’s motive and style of execution for the murder is rather strange.
The conscience hearts Someone who is insane shows his behaviors or actions that does not make logical sense. You need a link between the narrator 's insanity. In Edgar Allan Poe 's "The Tell-Tale Heart" we hear a retelling the narrator 's action to murdering the old man. Through these actions I learned that the narrator had a sensitivity issue towards the old man 's eye. Poe creates an unreliable narrator because the narrator presents his sensitivity and obsession with details as proof of clarity of his sanity, and the narrators obsession shows his madness.
“He has 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 narrator did not want to kill the old man because of his personality, but only because of his “vulture eye”. We wouldn’t know this was his motivation if this story was not told in first person. One would think that he despised the old man because of his actions, but it was just something on the old man’s surface that made the narrator think so poorly of him. First person narration allows the reader to dig deeper into the story, and see the true meaning of scenes, and it allows them to understand the story better.
The reader can see he is confused and anxious when he speaks this quote “ Villains! I shrieked, dissemble no more! I admit the deed!-- tear up the planks! Here here!-- It is the beating of his hideous heart!” ( Poe 24) This quote explains that he admits to murdering the old man after guilt overcomes him. The narrator thinks that if he admits to the deed he will be free from the guilt which he mistakes for the beating of the old man’s heart .
The narrator 's’ fluency is meticulous and often opulent. It usually implies a revelation as a defense of sanity. In the tales of the criminal insanity, first-person narrators are the protagonists, focusing on their conflicts with hysteria and law. In The Tell-tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe uses many symbols such as, the Evil Eye, the watch, the narrator himself, bedroom, and the lantern. He also tries to dehumanize the old man in the short story.
Generally, evil behavior gradually progresses over time. (GotQuestions.org) This concept directly relates to how Dorian’s evilness progresses throughout the novel. First, Lord Henry essentially brain washes him with his words in Basil’s garden. Then, Dorian becomes utterly obsessed with this strange yellow book that seems to preach and enforce ideas of hedonism. Lord Henry, in a sense, acts as the devil sitting on Dorian’s shoulder because he himself lives a life based solely on pleasure and is the ultimate cause Dorian’s corruption.
The story opens off with the narrator trying to assure his sanity then proceeding to tell the tale of his crime, this shows a man deranged and hunted with a guilty conscience of his murderous act. The narrator 's sole reason for such murder is purely in his disturbed mind, as he develops an obsession with the old man 's eye and the plot unfolds from here where his insanity augments with the events of the story. Due to Poe’s illustrative language, various evidence can be presented to confirm the state of mind of the narrator, including, his obsession with the old man’s eye, his precision in committing the impeccable crime and finally the sound of the man’s beating heart solely inside his head. Perhaps it all started with the narrator’s obsession with the man’s “vulture eye” since he believes the eye of being evil, proving the insanity he is gravely trying to deny “I think it was
Phenomenon of evil in the human heart Evil is a sin, it is a force in nature that presides over, and gives rise to wickedness and corruption. Some may think of evil as a separation from God and usually can be personified by the form of Satan. Phenomenon of evil can exist in many forms that can be hidden within ourselves and others. In the short story "Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne writes about a man whose faith cannot save him from the evil that lies around him and others. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allen Poe illustrates that evil can be revealed through revenge, and it only brings malice and cruelty to this world.
This begs the question- is the dagger really there or is it just in the eyes of the beholder? The dagger is an illusion and to Macbeth represents his true evil intent that only he can see. In relation to Lucifer, the dagger Macbeth is an illusion of Lucifer disobeying God in attempt to achieve a higher power. Symbolically, it represents how Macbeth’s devil in disguise was just an illusion until the witches prophesized his fate and now he has the motivation to unleash his inner self. Additionally, his obsession and greed for power allows him to see a dagger which ultimately leads him to kill Duncan.