Interpretive Essay: The Tell-Tale Heart: A Delusional Madman

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“ The Tell-Tale Heart” Interpretive Essay Is the complex character created by Edgar Allan Poe a calculated killer or a delusional madman. In the short story “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the main character has a mental condition which causes him to kill a neighbor. He believes that his neighbor has a “vulture eye” which is the reason why he killed him. Night after night, he watches the man and plans how to kill him. Then one night, he puts his plan into action. He kills the man by slamming a bed over him, then he severs his body and hides him under the floor. Later that night, police come to investigate, but they don’t suspect him. He confidently invites the police man to talk in his house. He is overcome with guilt and ends up confessing to the police. Based on the evidence presented in the 8th Amendment of the Death Penalty the main character should be sentenced to life in prison with psychiatric health because as stated by the evidence from the text the narrator carefully planned how to kill the man and believed that he heard the old man’s heart. To begin, the man did spend multiple days planning and preparing his process of killing the old man. “And every night at about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it - oh so gently! … And I did this for seven long nights - every night at midnight…” (Edgar Allan Poe, 1843). This shows that this person was stalking the old man, which is a federal offence. Also, we can see that his actions were thought

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