Secondly, the poem “I Can Stand Him No Longer” also incorporates and develops the thematic topic of guiltiness all along. In the poem, the man states “A heavy conscience will always make what’s hidden revealed” In this situation, the man means to say that a strong feeling, in this case, guilt, can make what 's hidden revealed to everyone. So, the author uses an Oxymoron which in this case, is “conscience” to convey to the reader that there is a deeper level of truth in this sentence. And that by saying “conscience,” the author does not mean any random feeling but instead, is trying to signal the reader that the man is referring to the specific feeling of guiltiness. This is because a person’s actions are a result of his/her emotions and consequently, the person would do anything, without giving any second thought to what he/she is about to do, and that may lead to the revealing of something hidden such as secrets and etc.
How, then, am I mad?” (Poe 1). He appears to be a anxious person by the way he often repeats himself, and the way he explains his thoughts. He frequently stresses the reader that he is not insane. The narrator claims to have a disease, which sharpened his senses, more specifically his hearing, “I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell.” (1).
Even after describing his actions that society would categorize as insane, such as killing a person. The narrator talks into great detail about how exactly he killed the old man, but then suggests he is not mad because he was careful during the process which made him intelligent. His exact words were, “If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body”(Poe). This paints a mood of being on edge because the motive behind the killing was solely based upon how the man 's eye watched him. This allows the reader to let their mind wander to what exactly about the eye made him so upset, leaving them suspenseful.
He/She is prone to show his true side of his hate but the narrator is fearful that others may think of him in a wrong way. The narrator goes back and forth, indecisive of whether or not to show his true secret. Near the end, he/she is forced, by his conscience, to do something wrong to the man, leading to Guilt. In stanzas 3 and 4, it states, “ /His manner imprisons me like a ball and chain, /Shatters my sanity, and drives me insane.” This shows that the narrator developing the theme of guilt by using metaphors and First Person Point of View. The metaphor, “...imprisons me like a ball and a chain”, shows that the author wrote this for the main purpose of portraying guilt.
In The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe the narrator is guilty of murder because the narrator thinks the old man could never suspect that his caregiver would ever try to kill him, he claims he can recite the story calmly and healthily as he remembers every detail unlike an insane person , and he admits to killing the old man so he is aware he has committed murder. It is important to realize that the narrator is too presumptuous because the old man would never think his caregiver would try to kill him when he expresses this statement “So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that at every night, Just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept.’’( Poe 7). This quote means that the narrator believes the old man would have been wise to suspect that his caregiver( someone who takes care of the incapable) would kill him but he doesn’t
He constantly had a battle with himself to solely make himself feel like that actions he took upon were okay. Towards the end of the story, the narrator was confronted with police officers at his door. He had an external conflict when he saw them outside and assumed they knew something about what he had done. He got himself very worked up even though the police officers did not say that he was a suspect, the narrator convinced himself that they knew the terrible things he had done. When they came into the house he became extremely tense and nervous that the police would realize the sins he committed.
In The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator is guilty of murder because he was quiet and cautious to watch the old man by taking an hour to put his head through the door and when the narrator dismantles the old man’s body after the narrator suffocated him, he decided to kill the old man over time, and he let the officers into the home and lied to cover up the murder but at the end, he gave in to his guilt and chose to admit the deed to the
He cares deeply about his daughter and will one day explain when she is older. At this point in the story i think the thesis is that sometimes the truth isn't the right thing to say in order to protect people from it. The author goes on to tell in detail how he felt emotionally- physically, when he killed his first man.The author, tired, and weak from switching on and off watch every two hours. The author is Probably delusional at this time. “There was no sound at all-none that I can remember.
Insanity can often be mistaken for depression in Emily Dickinson’s poem “I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain”. In the beginning of the text the narrator states, “but why will you say I am mad”(Poe1). Poe decides to have the narrator consistently refer back to the narrator stating that he isn’t mad. In addition the narrator states, “If you think me mad, you will think know longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body”(Poe3). Since, Poe uses these literary devices make the narrator feel self-accusation.
This adds to the disturbing. On top of that Poe also uses irony to convey the mood in The Tell-Tale Heart. “”Villains!’ I shrieked, ‘dissemble no more! I admit the deed-tear up the planks!-here, here!-it is the beating of his hideous heart’” (Literature Book 207). The narrator is going crazy hearing what he thinks is the beating heart of the dead old man he murdered, but it was actually his own heart beating rapidly out of guilt.