What Is The Narrator In The Tell Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart, written by Edgar Allan Poe, is a horror short story read by many. The point of view in Poe’s short story is unique because the unnamed narrator reveals himself as an unreliable first and second person narrator as well as an all-knowing narrator. Poe has skillfully incorporated different narrations into his short story because it helps the reader truly understand the narrator’s mental state. The multiple narrations give the reader access to the narrator’s constant stream of thoughts throughout the text. This access helps the reader understand the narrator's guilt and fear that had lead him to defeat by the end of his story. The narration of The Tell-Tale Heart plays a key role in developing the story’s overall meaning by exposing the narrator's motive, desire to prove his sanity, and his hidden guilt. It is learned that no matter how hard one tries to avoid the truth, guilt will always catch up to him or her in the future.…show more content…
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. Afterwards, the narrator cleverly hides the body, but eventually ends up turning himself in to the
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