Essay about Edgar Allan Poe 's Tell Tale Heart

1515 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
“I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story (Poe, line 2).” Edgar Allan Poe was a writer that was born on January 19, 1809. He wrote short stories and poems that were categorized as Gothic Literature. This was based off death, ghosts, isolation, and nightmares. His writings were also known as Romanticism Literature which focused on emotion, imagination, mystery, and nature. American Gothic literature acts out a type of environment that is afflicted by hardship and slavery through characters afflicted with various forms of insanity and melancholy (sparknotes). “Tell-Tale Heart” is another one of his works that became very popular during its time. The short story was published on January 1843. It is about a narrator trying to prove to his readers that he is not insane while he talks about how he kills an innocent man.
Most readers believe the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is mentally ill but there are some writers/scholars who believe he is only acting as if he is insane. For instance, scholarly writer Elizabeth Pereira believes it can be easily assumed that the narrator is only pretending to be mentally unstable. The writer stated “By the end of the story, the reader can easily assume that the main character is definitely acting insanely. He contradicts himself, saying that he killed a beloved one to get rid of the person’s pale blue eye…

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