Even tough we see him arguing with himself and feeling disgusted, showing that he is very much humane, and his only fault being way too ambitious. That was interesting because we get the feeling that something out of the ordinary is coming up and our anticipation gets into the story straightaway. At the very end, in the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall we didn 't expect that a murderer like him would, even in defeat, display conscience and bravery. "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm 's feet,... And damn 'd be him that first cries 'Hold, enough! '" (Line 32-39, Pg 249).
This is a story is about a deranged man who killed a man because he had an eye of a “vulture”. The narrator is the main character in this story. It was written by Edgar Allen Poe in the dark times in his life along with many of his other stories. The old man had an eye, according to the narrator, thought the old man’s eye looked like a vulture’s eye and the narrator wanted to murder him because of it. The narrator’s warped thinking process it drove him to do insane things.
While looking into the mind of a narrator who battles between claiming to be sane while portraying a reality of insanity, readers who have read Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Tell-Tale Heart," have stated the narrator is insane. A closer look shows that he is actually sane by means of nervousness, patience, and murder. The author, Edgar Allen Poe suggests sanity in the narrator by saying, "Why will you say that I am mad?" Throughout the story, the narrator's actions brought forth contempt, showing readers the narrator is attentive of his own surroundings. He analyzes nervousness through his theory of sanity, proclaiming it as merely having acute senses.
The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” hears the sound of a dead man’s heart beat: “I admit the deed! -tear up the planks! -here, here! -it is the beating of his hideous heart!” (Poe 4) After killing the man; chopping up his body; and hiding it beneath the floorboards, the narrator the narrator hears a noise that, at first, he cannot place. The heartbeat of a dead man and his general fear of the old man illustrate his Schizophrenia and his disconnection from reality.
This may be true, but the narrator from The Tell Tale Heart is worse because his mental illness is so severe, that he loses control and kills an innocent old man. The narrator says in desperation, “If you still think me mad, you will no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.” (Poe 3,3). The narrator is trying to justify his madness of murdering an old man by telling the reader how he took precautions when concealing the body which definitely means that he is a psychopath and has some extreme mental illness. That further demonstrates that the narrator from The Tell-Tale Heart is the most unreliable. The narrator also says, “... but the noise arose over all and continually increased.
In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor had lured in Fortunato, and now taunts him, laughing at his unawareness of Montresor’s desire to kill him. In the short story, Montresor toasts to Fortunato, stating, “And I to your long life” (Line 41). When Montresor says this, he wishes for Fortunato’s longevity, even though Montresor himself plans to kill Fortunato later. Through this interaction, the reader understands that Montresor is the villain and is horrified by his desire to kill and his lack of conscience. Poe also uses irony in the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, where the narrator tries to convince the readers of his sanity, while his actions in the story says otherwise.
Insanity means the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness. In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, the main character is seriously mentally ill and doesn't know what he's doing is wrong. Others say that the narrator is showing characteristics of sanity. This position is popular but, nevertheless, ignores facts. The main character in The Tell-Tale Heart shows characteristics of insanity.
In both the short stories they use similar sentence structure to convey madness. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe does this by short sentences and frequent skips, for example when he writes this: ““True!- nervous- very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses- not destroyed- not dulled them” (Poe 670). The jumpiness creates a sense of confusion and disturbs the reader which furthers the authors point. In the literary analysis on “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Janice Haney-Peritz analyzes Gilman’s short story.
“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.
Anger is a natural expression in many situations. Anger is usually understood, but in some instances it's not. When someone is under stress or is accused of something, it is understandable to be angry. In Roald Dahl’s short story “Poison,” Harry is angry because he is under stress, taken aback by the doctor’s sarcasm, and because he misread the situation. Timber was understanding of Harry’s anger at the end of the story.
For a person who almost was physically and mentally destroyed by S. Weir Mitchell’s “resting cure” for depression, it is not surprising that Gilman structured her story as an attack on this ineffective and cruel course of treatment. Gilman knew that at some point in the reader’s lives’ they too have experienced the feeling of being over powered something or someone. Gilman was maybe hoping on the fact that the readers would know a little something about claustrophobia or resentment, so that you can sympathize with the narrator of this short story in her slow spiral to insanity. I believe Gilman was not trying to create of form of clinical study of insanity but instead to feel every crawling inch of craziness. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an illustration of the way a mind that is already infected with anxiety can deteriorate and begin to prey on itself when it is forced into inactivity and kept from healthy work.
Modern artists today generally use images of physical and mental illness in literature. In The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, both short stories show the usage of illness, madness, and fear. The narrators in both stories try to convince the readers that the characters are physically and mentally ill. Edgar Allen Poe creates these vivid characters which successfully assist the building of plot and ideas. Poe demonstrates how a person’s inner turmoil and terror can lead to insanity through illustrative language. The Tell-Tale Heart is a story about a nameless narrator who claims that he is not insane but rather has some sort of “disease”(Poe 303).