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

1335 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Monsters are not merely fictional creatures that hide in closets, or under beds waiting to pounce on their unsuspecting victims. One could say that human beings have the capability to become monsters. After all, it is the average individual who creates a culture of fear by perpetuating stigmas like: hate and prejudice. It seems as if fear derives solely from the environment in which the monster dwells, which in essence is everyday life. However, people do not just transform into monsters for the fun of it; their transformation is intentional, and that intention is often suppressed by a hidden agenda to manipulate other individuals, or the culture itself. In Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s essay, “Monster Culture,” he explains the qualities of monsters and what their reason for existing are. While in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator is depicted as a man who is trying to convince his audience that he is sane, despite the fact that he murdered his elderly employer because “he had the eye of a vulture” (Poe 1) . In concordance with Cohen’s thesis, monsters tend to work deliberately; not only do they give warnings before they commit their monstrous deeds, but they also instill fear. According to Cohen, the unnamed narrator in Poe’s tale would not be considered a monster although he displays erratic behavior. Therefore, on the basis that the narrator’s behavior is due to the fact that he is insane, he cannot be a monster. The narrator would not be…

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