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 .
He had the eye of a vulture----a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold;and so by degrees---very gradually----I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” (Poe,1843)This piece of text explains to us why he wanted to kill the old man. But killing someone just because of one of their eyes is different is not okay to me and that is when “delusional mad man” come in. In the beginning for the story Poe starts with “True!---nervous---very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! but why will you say that I am mad?
The Tell-Tale Heart The story of The Tell-Tale Heart is dealing with a man, who killed an innocent old man, which he is currently being punished for. In the story the narrator says “TRUE… nervous… very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am” (Poe). This sentence gives a great amount of insight into the narrator and the way the story is being told. The entire story is a flashback of what happened and why he believes it was necessary. It has been considered that Poe uses a flashback, which gives the narrator an extended opportunity to assure the audience of his sanity.
“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” This is said by the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Once evil enters the mind and is welcomed and given permission to rule, it will control and direct one's actions. The theme in both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Masque Of Red Death” is death, whether it be intentional by humans or inevitable because of mortality. The similarities and differences in these stories are they both have death that kills innocent people, one story is more realistic and the other symbolizes death, and lastly both stories have people imagining something. One similarity in both of these stories is death that kills innocent people. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator kills the old man because of his eye.
I heard many things in hell.” (1). Perhaps, if he could things from hell, he could have heard bad things about the old man. He proceeded to tell the reader, “He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 2) Since his reasoning is completely illogical, the reader can infer that he is mentally unstable. The narrator’s motive and style of execution for the murder is rather strange.
The narrator is a caregiver of an old man and one day develops the desire to kill the old man. The narrator initially explains that he had no true reason to murder the old man, however, once the idea entered his head, he could not think otherwise. His desire to kill the old man strengthened when he explained his hatred for the old man’s cloudy eye. The narrator despised the eye and decided to carry on with his deed. The story continues as the narrator describes the development of his murder until the night he commited the crime.
There was many literary device that was used in the tale but i 'm gonna mention the most obvious ones. Such as Repetition that was used quite often, for example at the end of the tale the narrator kept saying that he killed the old man. This was used because the author wanted to add some more tension to the tale and so the reader could really experience the horror. Another literary device that was used in general was the rhetorical question which was used to get a better understanding of the narrator and how his mind works. The tales even starts with the narrator asking himself why people think that he is crazy and mad.
The story opens off with the narrator trying to assure his sanity then proceeding to tell the tale of his crime, this shows a man deranged and hunted with a guilty conscience of his murderous act. The narrator 's sole reason for such murder is purely in his disturbed mind, as he develops an obsession with the old man 's eye and the plot unfolds from here where his insanity augments with the events of the story. Due to Poe’s illustrative language, various evidence can be presented to confirm the state of mind of the narrator, including, his obsession with the old man’s eye, his precision in committing the impeccable crime and finally the sound of the man’s beating heart solely inside his head. Perhaps it all started with the narrator’s obsession with the man’s “vulture eye” since he believes the eye of being evil, proving the insanity he is gravely trying to deny “I think it was
He also tries to dehumanize the old man in the short story. The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1843 is about a man who claims he is not insane but only nervous. In turn, he tells a story to defend his sanity, in which he confesses to have killed an old man. He claims that his ambition was neither passion nor greed for money, but actually uneasiness of the old man’s pale blue eyes. He continues to insist that he isn’t mad because of his calm and collected actions.