The Power Of Obsession In Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart: The Power of Madness and Obsession The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that mainly focuses on the narrator and the old man. The narrator is a person who puts an end to the old man by smashing a bed on him. He did this to not see the old man’s vulture eyes on any occasions again. This caused by his own obsession and his uncontrollable turbulent madness. At the denouement, he ended up exposing his own crime because he thought that the officers that he is talking to was mocking him by that he was overcome by his own disquietude. By the way that he was anxious at the end, there is a development of obsession and madness throughout the textual structure of his repetition, punctuation, and timing. First, Poe describes madness in the commencement. He initially begins to talks about the vulture eye. He says that the vulture eye is possessing him every day and night. The narrator said, “It haunted me day and night.” (Paragraph 2, Poe). To prove that he is not mad, he describes that the madman would go in and slaughter the old man without a strategy. He utterly did the opposite of the madman would accomplish, he pursues with…show more content…
At the old man’s house, the narrator peer at the old man’s close vulture eyes for seven long nights. This shows that he is obsessed with the vulture eye however in those seven nights he end up seeing the eye to be closed. The narrator said, “And I did this for seven long nights.” (Paragraph 3, Poe). When he looked precisely at the eye, he hears the heart of the old man. He became obsessed with the sound of the heart because he thought the neighbor could hear it. He said, “The sound would be heard by a neighbor.” (Paragraph 11, Poe). At the epilogue, he ended up showing the officers the body he stashed up. Mainly because he thought the officers could hear the old man’s heart and thought the officers is mocking
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