The narrator felt excited, and content yet confident about the assassination of the old man, he was showing off how perfect, impeccable, and flawless his plan was to the readers. “I smiled,—for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome”. After the murder, the narrator acted calm and surprisingly sane, meeting the police officers without any suspicious clue of concern or nervousness. “ In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim”.
We receive the tale from the narrator 's point of view, and we see the man may be mentally ill. Like most of Poe 's narrators he is unreliable. He begins by telling us that he is not mad but ill. The illness, he explains, has heightened his senses. He starts by explaining that he is not mad, but almost immediately starts into leaps of logic that can only be explained if he is mad. The irony in the narrator telling us he is not mad and then explaining how he commits a premeditated murder is obvious.
On the one hand, the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” seems very much in control of his actions. He confesses the murder of the old man is premeditated. The idea of killing him indeed “haunted” him “day and night” (68). So, for eight nights in a row, he viciously takes pleasure in very slowly opening the old man’s door to observe his “vulture eye” (68) during his sleep. Even when the old man feels his presence in the room, he manages to take over his urges and stays still “for a whole hour” (71) behind the door, feeding his diabolic mind with his victim’s fear.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” is about a man who is living with an old man presumably his father although there is no evidence that he is his Father. The old man had a fake eye for whatever reason. He did not like that the old man’s eye has it frightened him because his eye looked like the eye of a vulture. The man sneaks into the old man’s room every day for a few days but on the last day, he kills
Edgar Allan Poe utilizes an interesting writing style in that he directs his readers’ attentions by ambiguity and lack of details, ironically enough. By creating confusion and raising more questions than answers, Poe creates contrast between the elements of violence. Instead of focusing strictly on the crime itself, Poe draws attention to the guilt aspect by rational justification of an irrational act. In The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe’s narrator discusses the theme of morality in the act of committing violence through projection of the narrator, fear of death and physiological reactions. Poe’s narrator projects his own emotions and fears onto the blind, old man.
Edgar Allan Poe creates an atmosphere of fear and dread in “The Tell-Tale Heart” through the narrator and the insanity that is portrayed. The narrator displays a kind of manner that helps bring the fear out of the story. The narrator is always trying to prove to the reader that he is not a mad man as shown when he stalks the old man for days and then something happens: “For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down” (Poe 304). He wanted to dig deep in the old man’s fear and the reason he did all of this for eight nights was to get rid of that evil eye. He tries to convince the reader of how meticulously he cleans the dismembered body and how clever he was in completing this task: “If still you think
Anyways, the butler starts off explain that he hates his master’s eye. So every night, the butler scares at his eye at around midnight, he does this for one week. Then on the eighth night, the butler scares the old man and he dies. After this, the butler chops up the old man, and puts his body parts under the floorboards. Later the police come, but don’t find anything.
The narrator from “Tell Tale Heart” is insane because he literally stalks a man for seven nights. On the last night, he was done stalking. He finally made his move. He wanted to get rid of an old man who he stayed with majority of his life. He wanted to get rid of the old man just because he was blind in one of his eyes.
The most inhumane thing about diseases is that humans spread them to each other. In Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie mourns for himself every morning because of the horrible disease that has taken over his body (Albom 56). Morrie’s disease has caused almost all of his physical capabilities cease to exist. This disease caused Morrie to lose some of his humanity. In Night, Jews being held in concentration camps were constantly catching diseases.
“And this I did for seven long nights-every night just at midnight- but for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye( Poe pg.203).” Also, he says he gets furious when the light hits the man's eye. For example “It was open-wide,wide open-and I grew furious as I gazed upon it(Poe pg.204).” In addition, when the man was scared and being silent the silence of the house excited the narrator. “And now at the dread hour of the night, amid the dreadful silence of that