Tell Tale Heart Murder

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“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”( Voltaire) This quote helps explain the main idea of The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe , a story about a narrator who is the caregiver of the old man who explains his reasons and his exact ways for killing the old man he was taking care of. Out of spite for the victims vulture-like cataract eye, he plots this plan to kill for weeks to rid of the eye. He finally succeeds until a nosy neighbor foils the scheme. These are 3 reasons why the narrator is guilty of murder. 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…show more content…
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 because the narrator helps him with everything and treats him like a dad. This quote supports the thesis because the narrator cares enough to premeditate his murder. He also believes that he is slick enough to get away with the crime without the old man knowing…show more content…
The reader can see he is confused and anxious when he speaks this quote “ Villains! I shrieked, dissemble no more! I admit the deed!-- tear up the planks! Here here!-- It is the beating of his hideous heart!” ( Poe 24) This quote explains that he admits to murdering the old man after guilt overcomes him. The narrator thinks that if he admits to the deed he will be free from the guilt which he mistakes for the beating of the old man’s heart . It is highly impossible for a dismembered dead person’s heart to beat. This quote helps the thesis because he is aware that he has killed a man and he feels guilty. That makes him sane in this situation because he knows fantasy from reality and an insane person does
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