“He saw that he was stone dead. His eye would be trouble no more.” (page 385, Poe) In the horror story “A Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe, it revolves around a first-person view of an unnamed narrator. He elaborates on killing an old man for the reason of him having an “eye of a vulture.” After 8 long nights of waiting and planning, the narrator forcefully kills the old man. Additionally, he disassembles the body, hiding each part under the floorboards, thus having the narrator refers to himself as “mad.” The main character should be put into a psychiatric institute and be watched under great surveillance based on the crimes he’s committed and due to his condition. To begin with, the narrator had a very unreasonable motive for killing the old man, in this way he is accredited as a madman.
Calculated killer or merely delusional? “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe describes a horror story where a killer kills an old man. In this story, the reader is given a first-row tour through a madman’s mind. In an innocent setting at the old man’s house, the madman’s obsession over the old man’s “vulture eye” (Poe, 1843) leads to a cruel murder that is spread out between eight nights. Based on mitigating and aggravating evidence stated in the story and the Eighth Amendment, this killer should be eligible for both a psychiatric hospital and the death penalty.
Not only that, he also very cautiously and spotlessly murdered and hid his dead body leaving behind no trace of his crime. Moreover, he clearly remembered how and when he did the murder. Needless to say, he was obviously not insane and should lawfully be punished and face the full consequences. The narrator planned out a very calculated and inhumane murder and was sure to leave behind absolutely no evidence which is impracticable for a mentally ill person to do. He planned everything out and went to the old man 's room, put in a dark lantern, eyeballed the old man “this [he] did for seven long nights—every night just at
Paradoxically, his overemphasis of his sanity causes the reader to assume he is essentially mad. He merely lacks motive for killing the old man. He proves to be insane and mentally unstable by his actions previous and after committing the deed. An example of his insanity is portrayed through the narrator’s action of welcoming the police to converse in the room where the narrator has concealed the old man’s body, and placing his chair directly atop of where the corpse has been disposed of. He premeditated the murder, and then felt confident enough to boast by doing this.
There was neither an objective nor the passion. He loved the old man but since he felt threatened by his eye, he figured the old man had to die. The narrator shows clear indications of mental illness. In the beginning he mentioned having a disease which sharpened his senses. He is evidently aware of his unnatural capability, but he might not know which exact disease he has.
He refers to himself as Death, implying he has all knowledge and power over the old man. The reader becomes filled with dread as the man patiently waits to kill. The imagery portrayed in “The Tell-tale Heart” increases the demented tone that the narrator projects as the main character waits to strangle the old man. Every night, for a week, the murderer would “look in” upon the victim as he slept. He describes himself as not being a “madman” but yet being able to “hear things in all heaven and earth.” The use of imagery shows the readers over and over again the reasons for the man murdering his victim.
This story is about the narrator that takes care of an old man on a day-to-day basis. One day, he realized he was deeply disturbed by the old man’s eye, which has a vulture-like cataract on it. He became so bothered that he slowly decided to kill the old man. He watches the old man sleeping for seven nights until the narrator makes a sound on the next night, and the old man wakes up and, in fear, opens his eyes. The narrator, upon seeing the eye, attacks the old man and murders him.
In The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe the narrator is guilty of murder because the narrator thinks the old man could never suspect that his caregiver would ever try to kill him, he claims he can recite the story calmly and healthily as he remembers every detail unlike an insane person , and he admits to killing the old man so he is aware he has committed murder. It is important to realize that the narrator is too presumptuous because the old man would never think his caregiver would try to kill him when he expresses this statement “So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that at every night, Just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept.’’( Poe 7). This quote means that the narrator believes the old man would have been wise to suspect that his caregiver( someone who takes care of the incapable) would kill him but he doesn’t
“The Tell Tale Heart” is a story of a madman who feels justified in his murder of an old man. In this short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in the early 1840’s, a crazy man is ever tormented by the eye of an old man. In order to free himself from the agony, he decides to kill the old man. After many days of plotting the murder, the killer sneaks into the old man’s house and kills him. Even though the killer was able to hide the body and get away with the murder, he is still being tormented by what he believes is the heart of the deceased man.
The conflict’s the narrator had to deal with were both between himself and with society. The narrator’s internal conflict consisted of him trying to convince himself that he was sane and had every reason to commit the immoral sins of murdering the old man. He murdered this man solely because of his eye, or at least that’s what he kept saying in the short passage. He was having intense thoughts about committing this crime and trying to convince himself and society that he did this for multiple reasons and that his reasons were 100% justifiable. He constantly had a battle with himself to solely make himself feel like that actions he took upon were okay.