The Tell-Tale-Heart Insanity

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The man accused of murder has confessed to the crime and led the police straight to the mutilated body of his victim. On the night of murder, the narrator killed the old man by suppressing him with a bed and suffocating him to death. He was vexed by the old man’s “evil eye” which motivated the narrator to murder the old man. In spite of the evidence proving that the murderer is insane, he is clearly sane and should be accused guilty. Primarily, the murderer explained the process of murder, he was describing all the little details that an insane person would not have remembered. “The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.” An insane person …show more content…

In “The Tell-Tale-Heart”, the narrator said things that could be understood in two different ways. “I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die!-and now-again! Hark! Louder! Louder! Louder!...” From the defendant’s point of view, this may sound as if the narrators full of fear and anxiety which are symptoms of insanity. Also, the narrator heard the heartbeat of the old man’s heart, who is dead. It is physically impossible for a heart of a dead and dismembered body to beat. This is the evidence that will persuade the audience to believe that the narrator is insane. However, stated by Dr. Mary C. Lamia in “The Complexity of Fear”, “...Fear and anxiety are important to differentiate...these emotions can transform into behaviors that may lead you to avoid situations or into defense mechanisms that may obscure the recognition of reality...they have been understood as keys to the dynamics of emotional illness.” People may think that the narrator has a mental illness due to all the unusual things he says and does however, all of his abnormal behaviors could be the result of fear and anxiety. For example, the heartbeat of the dead man could’ve been the heartbeat of the narrator, himself. His guilt towards the murder dominated his thoughts which caused him to be

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