Tell-Tale Heart is a book consisting on the narrator. The narrator had seen an old man that had a weird eye. The narrator did not like his eye the it looked at the narrator. So at the end of the story the narrator killed the poor old man. Dont you understand your child is reading violent books in middle school.
The narrator from “Tell Tale Heart” is insane because he literally stalks a man for seven nights. On the last night, he was done stalking. He finally made his move. He wanted to get rid of an old man who he stayed with majority of his life.
One in every five men are mad. The narrator of “The Tell Tale Heart” is a killer who claims to be sane. Some agree but most disagree. His actions have drawn most to believe he’s mad.
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.
Many people often forewarn us to stay away from insane or mentally unstable people because their unpredictable actions might cause us harm but this isn 't necessarily true. People who are in their full senses and are mentally stable to make wise decisions, often do things that even insane people would never imagine of doing. In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, it is clearly demonstrated how the protagonist in the story executed a well-planned murder in a perfectly stable mental state. In fact, he planned it out a week before and for that whole week, he observed the old man every night while he was asleep. Not only that, he also very cautiously and spotlessly murdered and hid his dead body leaving behind no trace of his crime.
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.
In the story the, The Tell Tale Heart, the narrator goes through the story telling us he is not insane. However, there is plenty of evidence showing otherwise. It is this evidence that has led me to believe that he is not guilty by reason of insanity and should be put in a mental hospital. We can assume this because of three factors found in the story. This story tells us a lot about the author’s personality.
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston; unsurprisingly, he had a rather dreadful childhood, his family was very poor and struggling to fend for themselves. By 1811, Poe’s father, David Poe abandoned the family. Subsequently, his younger sister died of tuberculosis. Shortly after Poe was then separated from his siblings and placed in a foster home. This early childhood may have influenced his point of view to be rather dark, grim, and covert, as his writing reflects the hardships in his childhood.
Poe creates fear and dread in “The Tell-Tale Heart”. One way he does this is through the internal monologue of the narrator. The narrator tries to convince the reader that he is not mad, but the reasons he gives prove otherwise. For example, the narrator claims that he can hear all things in heaven, hell, and on earth, yet considers this to be an acute sense of hearing. One quote from the story that creates fear says, “It was impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.”
Sweaty Palms, Rapid Heartbeat, and Tightened Muscles. These are all signs of Guilt, an emotion felt by one being who has been compromised for their actions. It is manifested through the entire body and consciousness, waiting to unleash its potential. Similarly, two texts have constantly incorporated this idea. The two texts, a short story and a poem, “A Tell Tale Heart”, and, “I Can Stand Him no Longer”, both have incrementally developed their overall thematic topic of guilt.