Insanity In Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart

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Unsoundness Of Mind.. Insanity is defined in many ways. It’s all up to the person and their point of view. The actual definition of insanity is “a mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. Insanity is distinguished from low intelligence or mental deficiency due to age or injury.” (via http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=979) The narrator from the short story “The Tell Tale Heart” is a lot of things. One of the ways I describe him is insane.The narrator from “The Tell Tale Heart” is insane because he killed the old man due to his pale blue eye, kept hearing the heartbeat when the…show more content…
He says “ I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. (page 174)” Certainly, you can’t hear things from heaven and hell. He must be imagining the sounds, which means he’s mad. Also, he claimed to hear the heartbeat of the dead old man. “Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!--no,no! They heard!--they heard not? Almighty God!--no,no! They heard!--they suspected!--they knew!--they were making a mockery of my horror! (page 181) Although some people say that the heart was still beating, that’s not possible because he chopped off all the body parts and took the heart out which makes it no longer connected and beating. Seeing that the old man's dead, and the heart is no longer pounding, how can he hear it? Therefore, this proves the narrator's…show more content…
Firstly, he killed the old man because of his eye. Additionally , he claimed that he kept hearing the heartbeat when the old man was dead. In closing, he had no control over himself. The difference between a sane person and an insane person is how they think and act. The narrator is obviously insane since he acted easy and normal in situations that are expected to be handled differently, like the time the policemen came to question him about the noises coming out of the house. On the other hand, the narrator acted weirdly in situations that are expected be handled in a normal way, like when the policemen were in the house. He acted weirdly since he was suspecting the policemen by thinking that they might know something about the death of the old man. He thought that the policemen suspected him for the murder of the old man. Therefore, he is indeed
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