Edgar Allen Poe writes stories about death, horror and panic, but the story can not develop without the help of an unreliable narrators. An unreliable narrator can’t be trusted and is not credible. In the “Tell Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” Poe develops unreliable narrators by making their roles have actions, thoughts, and have alcohol and drug use unlike normal people. The actions of the narrators are unreliable throughout the stories. In the “Tell Tale Heart” the narrator kills the man that (who he loved) he worked for.
Poe had fear all throughout his life, he feared of losing all the people important to him, because it happened so often. In all three stories Poe shows all main characters having some sort of fear, all in a different way. Poe uses symbolism throughout his stories to show the way fear engulfs the characters. In ¨The Tell-Tale Heart¨ Poe uses symbols to show why the man wants to kill the old man. In the story Poe uses the old man's eye as a symbol.
As he continues to ask questions to it, he discovers that nevermore is the only thing the raven will say. The questions became more and more personal and filled with pain the further the poem progresses. Not getting any answers results in the narrator becoming more and more desperate and insane. In this analysis I want to focus on how Poe’s writing in The Raven progressively gives the reader the feeling that the narrator turns insane. How does he create the progression from a seemingly normal man to an insane one?
“Insanity is the state of being seriously ill;madness.”(The Urban Dictionary) In fact, Edgar Allan Poe states this in “The Tell Tale Heart” Edgar suggests this when he writes “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 pg.203).” There is no doubt the narrator of this story is insane. In fact, he expresses his insanity while believing he is sane.Obviously the narrator of “The Tale-Tell Heart” is crazy because he has bizarre thoughts, dismembered the old man”s body, and has a confusion of hearing heartbeats. The narrator has bizarre thoughts because he wants to kill an old man’s eye. You see, for seven nights he tried to kill the old man's eyes, but his eyes were always closed. “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.
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” introduces an aging man’s paralyzing and disturbing outlook on life. T.S. Eliot presents Prufrock, a character who, due to extreme indecisiveness, insecurity over his appearance, and fear of socializing, develops into a stagnant character with little hope for progress; he is paralyzed by an extreme case of self-consciousness, causing him to expect the worst and question his every decision. Although he begins by introducing an “overwhelming question”, he gradually digresses to the point where this question is no longer relevant. His insecurity is demonstrated through the weary and frantic questioning of “how should I presume?” and “should I begin?”, as he doubts his ability to socialize with others, particularly women.
This short story contains an important theme that differs from “The Cask of Amontillado”. Human nature is a muted balance of light and dark or good and evil. Often this unstable balance is maintained; except, when there is a transition, for any reason, the dark or evil can consume the mind. In this situation it is the evil eye of the old man that sends the narrator into a demented state. It is his irrational fear that eventually summons his evil side to commit an unnecessary murder.
These feelings copy changes a throw so deep it morphs into a psychological craziness, a feeling that the pain death brings has destroyed someone forever. When analyzing this poem I came to the conclusion that Allan Poe’s “The Raven” reveals that the sorrow the death of a dear brings can stick with you forever. An abstract phrase abiding throughout the literary work is that the word ‘nevermore’ mixed with completely different phrases counting on every text. This word
The reason that nobody can stop reading Poe books is because in away they’re the story of all of us... My first examples from the “Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) In this story Poe shows us many different examples of Basic Human Fears. The narrator is very afraid of being found out. He thinks he has everything under control, and has covered everything up however he gets more and more nervous of the Police figuring out what he did even though they had no idea he murdered the old man. He gets so afraid that he ends up giving himself away: “Villains! Dissemble no more!
If you obsess over it too much, you won’t be able to enjoy life to the fullest. You’ll start seeing hallucinations. In Poe’s stories, symbol, irony, and imagery are used to show how fear and paranoia distorts the narrator’s mind. In his stories, all of the characters experience fear and each handle it differently.