Essay about Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tale Tell Heart

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In the words of Isabella Poretsis “All humans are alike and all humans are equal. It is just the perception of the eye that sees any different” (Goodreads Inc., 2014). This is the case in Edgar Allan Poe’s work “The Tale Tell Heart”. In Poe’s story the narrator has no hate for the old man that he is taking care of. In fact in the text the narrator admits that he loved the old man. He did not have any desire for the man’s money but showed that he despised the old man’s eye. In fact the old man’s eye is shown as the reason for the killing. So this shows that the narrator may have perceived the old man to possess an evil eye (Poe).
James Kirkland in his writing on Edgar Allan Poe’s work addresses why the old man’s “vulture eye” may have caused the narrator so much distress. In his writing he mentions about Edward Gifford who is “a contemporary expert of the Evil Eye”. Gifford has found in his research that in much folk writing throughout the decades that it is a very popular belief that the eye has the power to actually “inflict physical or psychological harm”. So the narrator in Poe’s story may have fallen prey to this old superstition. Edgar Allan Poe studied many “classical authorities” that believed in the Evil Eye phenomenon. The people whom Poe studied were the scholars Plato and Aristotle all the way to the bible. Throughout this the evil eye belief is shown. In the story “The Tell Tale Heart” this belief can be seen in the fact that the narrator expresses that the…

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