The man says, “You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing.” Tying in with the arrogant tones as well, the man has a very dark mind and the readers get a glimpse of his thought train through first person. He explains he needs to “take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” No sane person would kill over a color of an eye, but as he describes the old man’s eye, the audience begins to understand why he takes the life of the old man. The readers experience the insanity
How, then, am I mad?” (Poe 1). He appears to be a anxious person by the way he often repeats himself, and the way he explains his thoughts. He frequently stresses the reader that he is not insane. The narrator claims to have a disease, which sharpened his senses, more specifically his hearing, “I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell.” (1).
While Edgar Allan Poe as the narrator of the The Tell-Tale Heart has the reader believe that he was indeed sane, his thoughts and actions throughout the story would prove otherwise. As the short story unfolds, we see the narrator as a man divided between his love for the old man and his obsession with the old man’s eye. The eye repeatedly becomes the narrator’s pretext for his actions, and while his delusional state caused him much aggravation, he also revealed signs of a conscience. In the first paragraph of the short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe establishes an important tone that carries throughout his whole story, which is ironic. The narrator proclaims that there is no possible way that he could be a madman, because he is too calm and wise to be insane.
He begins to tell a story in which he defends his sanity, despite having killed an elderly man because he felt uncomfortable by the way his eye looked. He had no desire for money but rather the fear that gave him the eye of a faint blue of the elderly. He emphasizes once again that he is not crazy, that their deliberate actions and measures are not those of a madman, although those of a criminal. Every night the narrator goes to the house of the old man and secretly observed the man sleeping and when morning comes behaves as if everything was perfectly normal and he is very proud of this. After a week repeating this activity, the narrator decides that it's time to kill the old man.
While what he did was horrible and insane-like, the narrator did this process very sanely and put lots of thought into it. No absolute insane person would spend days and days watching someone sleep, or acting perfectly normal around victim just so they could tike their kill perfectly, even though watching someone sleep is an insane trait. He was very cautious in this, “But you should have seen how wisely I proceeded -- with what caution -- with what foresight, with what dissimulation, I went to work!” and proved to be quite patient, “It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed.’’ So he couldn’t have been totally insane, right? Yes, taking these precautions was sane of him, but stalking, murdering, and hallucinating are all traits that lead towards being insane. In the end, the narrator did prove to be insane, with his reasonless murder, and absurd hallucinations.
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.
The murderer asks, “why will you say that I am mad?” and throughout the story he continuously defends his behavior, “The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them,” and he asserts, “I describe the wise precautions I took,” making him seem on edge and untrustworthy of the reader. If the short story had not been in the first person, how defensive he was about his sanity would not have been as clear. He assures the reader that he is sane, also showing that everyone around most certainly believes he is not. The first person point of view makes the defensive tone prominent throughout the short
Edgar Allan Poe was a very dark writer who predominately wrote mystery. In the short-story, “Tell-Tale heart he used the literary device of setting to create a dark, threatening tone by using man-made geography, mood and atmosphere, time of day, elapsed time and Poe used locale to tie all the elements together Edgar Allan Poe used man-made geography. One way he uses this is in (541, 2). The narrator hid the body under the wooden planks. Wood planks reverberate every time you step on them, so when the mad narrator murdered the old man, he could thought he could hear and feel the heartbeat echo under the floorboard.
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, critic and editor. His best work comes from his short stories and poems which made people around the world read his works. One of his best written novels is called “Tell tale heart” and is about a man whom was irritated by a old man’s eye. The man could not bare seeing the old man with his “evil eye”, and therefore thought that the only way of getting rid of it was to kill the old man. When the police later on came to investigate what has happened, the man hears the sound of a beating heart which gets louder in his head for every minute that passes by.
He’s mad! The man also changed as well! He went from a happy old dude to a paranoid victim, which he was. These 2 then came together someone like a magnet, except one of the magnets had some kind of weapon and the other one was unsuspicious of the other, but was suspicious of