Tell Tale Heart Essay

531 words - 3 pages

Rachel Murray
B. Sumey, Instructor
Comp. II, TTH 3:00
18 Feb. 2012
Insanity
In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator is very insane and mentally ill. He is a murderer, does not sleep much, is very paranoid, and is unable to distinguish what is real and unreal.
It is clear that Poe wants to create a character who is mad. First off, the narrator kills the old man. By doing so, he is considered a murderer. The death occurs “in an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him” (44). He is obviously not in his right mind to murder someone in such a manner. The narrator even claims to enjoy the event of murdering the old man.
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Insanity gets the best of the narrator. A neighbor calls the police officers because they hear a shriek in the middle of the night. The narrator knows that he should not be afraid of getting caught since he hides the body so well: “My manner had convinced them. I was singularly at ease” (45). A problem soon arises, or at least that is what he thinks. The character “hears” the constant beating of the old man’s heart underneath the planks, convincing himself that the officers hear it as well: “. . . disassemble no more! I admit the deed! – tear up the planks! – here, here! – it is the...

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