Your mind is one of the most powerful things you obtain. It controls your thoughts, your actions, and your feelings. However, sometimes our mind makes us see things in a different perspective than how they actually are. Our mind can play with our conscience, whether we want it to or not. The narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart demonstrates this problem.
“The old man’s hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. . . In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him” (Poe 17-18). In his horrific short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe writes about fear and infatuation. Because the nameless narrator fears the old man’s eye, obsession begins to grow with his horror.
An old man, his caretaker’s festering obsession, a murder, and the guilt and confession that follows it all. In the short story “The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, there are multiple central ideas that guide the reader in understanding and interpreting the narrator’s emotions, decisions, thoughts and actions. One of, if not the most, important central idea is the one that overlooks the entire story; desires and actions, followed by consequences. This idea is a coalition of three other important themes in the story; madness, obsession, and guilt. At almost every point in the story, at least one of these ideas is prevalent in the narrator’s actions, thoughts, or dialogue.
In Alan Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" the old man had an eye that symbolizes death and discomfort. The first quotation that makes the eye seems like it symbolizes death is " One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture - - a pale blue eye, with a film over it (Poe). " the vulture like eye that he saw could have made him feel as if it was after him. He said that it was "a pale blu eye (Poe)" the eye could have been a pale blue color because the old man could have been blind in one eye. He was anxious because of the eye.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” is a gothic story about a man’s sanity. The Narrator believes that sanity, and other’s thinking that he is sane, is very important. But his obsession with this idea of sanity, is what makes him stand out for his insanity. Bloom says,“’The Tell-Tale Heart’ is a breathless, frightening monologue of the disintegration of consciousness and conscience under the onslaught of obsession.” Because this story is written in the first person point of view, the reader gets a look inside the Narrator’s mind.
Edgar Allan Poe creates fear and dread in “The Tell-Tale Heart” by using a lot of details and really specific on what he was doing. He went into detail on how he killed the old man. “First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.”
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” ( Voltaire) This quote helps explain the main idea of The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe , a story about a narrator who is the caregiver of the old man who explains his reasons and his exact ways for killing the old man he was taking care of. Out of spite for the victims vulture-like cataract eye, he plots this plan to kill for weeks to rid of the eye. He finally succeeds until a nosy neighbor foils the scheme. These are 3 reasons why the narrator is guilty of murder.
Has fear ever caused you to commit an act you knew was morally wrong? Fear can get a hold of someone and completely change their morals, concerns, or how they feel about certain people. It can cloud your mind and make you think irrationally in certain situations. Fear is a feeling that can harm someone emotionally and physically. In stories such as: “The Tell-Tale Heart”, ”The Pit and the Pendulum”, and “The Masque of Red Death”, Edgar Allan Poe displays the use of symbolism, irony, and imagery to paint a picture in the reader’s mind.
In this short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the authors represent the sense of horror in their stories. They are very similar in expressing their terrifying point of view. However, there are also differences. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is told in the first person perspective which creates compulsory picture of a mad murdered, whereas the third person perspective of “A Rose for Emily” shows Miss Emily through the eyes of others, which changes the narrative radically. In Addition, Miss Emily committed the crime because the fear of being alone.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, the old man’s milky, pale blue, vulture-like eye appears to hold a significant role in discovering the protagonists true motives and emotions. Throughout the story, the protagonist clearly expresses his hateful feelings regarding the lifeless eye by stating, “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, 312). This statement suggests that the protagonist is not sane or reasonable in his thinking and decision making and therefore does not truly understand that it is not the eye alone that is troubling him, it is instead what the eye represents. Throughout the story of The Tell-Tale Heart it starts to become clear that, to the protagonist, the old man’s eye is a symbol and a reminder of the inevitability of death.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a popular short story written by Edgar Allen Poe in the mid 1800’s. The story highlights two main characters, a narrator and an old man. The narrator of the story does not like the old man’s creepy eye. As a result, the narrator decides it is time to murder the old man. After the narrator murders him, he begins trying to cover up the crime.
Poe creates fear and dread in “The Tell-Tale Heart”. One way he does this is through the internal monologue of the narrator. The narrator tries to convince the reader that he is not mad, but the reasons he gives prove otherwise. For example, the narrator claims that he can hear all things in heaven, hell, and on earth, yet considers this to be an acute sense of hearing. One quote from the story that creates fear says, “It was impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.”