Rebecca Levengood Text Text Text The Tell Tale Heart Upon reading “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, it is a very dark and gruesome story. This story is about a man whom is unknown, who murders an old man for a completely out of the ordinary reason (not that there are a bunch of normal reasons to murder someone). This unknown character tells the story to attempt to prove that he is not absolutely insane There are many things that leave the reader thinking things like, “How could one think like this”, “how could one do something like this”, “why”? There is no doubt that this is a truthfully horrific story. There are a few key points to discuss that will hopefully brighten up the reasoning behind this madness. The key points to discuss …show more content…
His validity becomes questioned in the beginning of the story when he insists on his clarity of mind – “but why would you say that I am mad” (edgar allen poe). He has clear logical gaps that can only be explained by his insanity. There is a strong vibe that shows he or she may have not have been telling the truth behind what may have happened. The narrator’s entire point was to prove that he/she is no absolutely insane. At one point, he does a very good job of proving this by stating “Ha! – would a madman have been so wise to do this?“ (xyz). He uses dissimulation to attempt to do this. At the same time of trying to prove the sanity, it makes the reader think he might be twisting the truth as well. At a point in the story, the narrator tells us about the old man, how he feels and what he is thinking. An example of this is “Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror…I knew the sound well. Many a night…it has welled up from my own bosom” (edgar allan poe). You can see that the narrator’s view of the man’s thoughts is a reflection of his own experience. The narrator cannot be trusted to tell the truth. His emotional instability shows a clear argument to good judgment. An unreliable narrator can be convincing because they represent aspects of being human. It is really easy to be confused by the things he says. Although the unreliable truth the narrator shows,
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.
After the killing, the narrator stuffed the body of the man under the planks in the house. Three cops came in the house, and the narrator wasn’t worried at all about being caught. Furthermore, the narrator tells the cops that the old man was out of the country and the scream made was by him in a nightmare. The three gentleman believed the narrator untruthful acts, and all four of them sat down to talk. This example alone shows how the narrator thinks and what he did to the old man is obsurbed and insane.
Have you ever been accused of being insane? Chances are you may have. Those that are reading this are probably mostly all sane. In the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" the narrator has reasoning for his actions. Many people think the way the same way that I do, they believe that the narrator is insane.
In "The Tell Tale Heart", The narrater is indeed mentally insane. The killer states, "It's impossible to say how the idea first entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. " By the narrator saying "It's impossibel to say how the idea first entered my brain", it tells us that something in his mind just triggered him to want to kill the old man. He didnt even have a reason too kill him other than the fact the old mans eye bothered him. He also states that "It haunted me day and night."
“The Tell-Tale Heart”, overall, is an eerie, gory tale, especially with the help of climatic suspense, in the story. Poe helps construct a new appreciation for reading unnerving tales with the “madman’s” erratic inner conflict that is extremely surreal. With the usage of syntax in the story, Poe allows his readers to connect to the tale and make it more realistic. Poe makes his stories remarkably horrifying by using
In The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe the narrator is guilty of murder because the narrator thinks the old man could never suspect that his caregiver would ever try to kill him, he claims he can recite the story calmly and healthily as he remembers every detail unlike an insane person , and he admits to killing the old man so he is aware he has committed murder. It is important to realize that the narrator is too presumptuous because the old man would never think his caregiver would try to kill him when he expresses this statement “So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that at every night, Just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept.’’ ( Poe 7).
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. But all in all, even if the evidence does lead to the narrator being insane, as Poe once said, “The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our
Readers may question Poe’s choice of a mentally unstable narrator. Though the narrator is clearly proven mad, his descriptions intensify the story greatly. It gives the tale purpose and proposes a captivating plot. A narrator: it is now made debatable if readers will ever have entire trust in another after Edgar Allan Poe’s remarkable
In "The Black Cat," even though the narrator agrees that it is hard to believe, he tells the reader, "Yet, mad am I not." (pg. 718) And in "The Tell-Tale Heart" the narrator dose not just state his sanity but also tries to convince the reader by saying, "observe how healthily, how calmly I can tell you the whole story." (pg. 715)
In the “Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator explains what a madman would or wouldn’t do, by saying, “Madmen know nothing,” and,“ Would a madman have been so wise as this?,”(3,4). The narrator called himself sane while he proceeded to describe his murder of an innocent man. In “The Black Cat,” the narrator is ashamed of his actions and admits so, “I blush, I burn, I shudder, as I pen this damnable atrocity,” (5). Yet, he claims,”Mad am I not,” (Poe, “Black Cat”, 1). Though the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is more adamant, the narrator in “The Black Cat” still denies that he is
The reasoning for most people thinking he’s insane is because for seven nights the caretaker, the narrator, stalks the homeowner, the old man,. “And every night around midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it - oh, so gently! And then when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern… I thrust in my head… I moved it slowly- very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man’s sleep.
A Tell Tale Heart A person suffering from his inner self can be found to indulge in inhumane actions in the story “A Tell Tale heart”. The author is suffering from different kinds of obsessions which he tries to hide from the audience in the story in order to prove his sanity. In most of the part of the story, Poe is trying to convince the readers that he is not insane. However, his actions and reactions to various things in the story shows his level of insanity.
In The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator is guilty of murder because he was quiet and cautious to watch the old man by taking an hour to put his head through the door and when the narrator dismantles the old man’s body after the narrator suffocated him, he decided to kill the old man over time, and he let the officers into the home and lied to cover up the murder but at the end, he gave in to his guilt and chose to admit the deed to the
Obsession, internal conflict, and underlying guilt are all aspects of being human but when it’s associated with paranoia and insanity it may be just the recipe for the perfect crime as perceived by Edger Allan Poe in “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Poe uses this as one of his shortest stories to discuss and provide an insight into the mind of the mentally ill, paranoia and the stages of mental detrition. The story 's action is depicted through the eyes of the unnamed delusional narrator. The other main character in the story is an old man whom the narrator apparently works for and resides in his house. 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.