Literary Analysis: Analysis Of The Tell-Tale Heart

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Analysis of The Tell-Tale Heart

“The Tell-Tale Heart” short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator which is the murder in the story is trying to convince the audience that he is not insane. He has been ill, but insists that his illness has made his mind, feeling, and senses even stronger. The narrator wants to kill the old man that he lives with only because he finds that his eye is evil and compares his eye to a vulture. “And every morning I went to his room, and with a warm, friendly voice I asked him how he had slept. He could not guess that every night, just at twelve, I looked in at him as he slept.” Here is where Poe the author, shows that the narrator is facing moral dilemmas because the narrator knows that the old man has been kind and sweet to him, which is the reason why he indicates the week before killing the old man he made sure to
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Another moral dilemma is the narrator wanting to kill the old man even though he has done nothing to him, but the narrator believes that a good reason to kill him is because he has an eye that only appears evil, but never harmed anyone. The narrator believed that he has great reasons in why he went forward with his actions with confidence and doesn’t want people think that he is insane. “And every morning I went to his room, and with a warm, friendly voice I asked him how he had slept. He could not guess that every night, just at twelve, I looked in at him as he slept.” This is also proof that there is moral dilemma; the narrator asks the old man if he had slept well because the narrator is still returning the kindness that the old man had always given him in return, but also has not changed his mind about killing him.
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