Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was a very misunderstood writer of the 1800’s. Born January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, Poe was famous for his dark short-stories and poems of horror and mystery. What made Poe such a controversial author, though, was his death that was just as mysterious and controversial as something he would write. Many believed that alcoholism was the source of his death while others had many different opinions such as the likes of carbon monoxide poisoning, epilepsy, or even rabies. The fact that this man was so mysterious is what made so many people enamored in his work to this day. One of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous short stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Was just about as strange and demising as the person that wrote it itself.
The story starts with the unnamed narrator telling the reader that he is nervous but he isn’t mad. He then goes on to defend his sanity but in the process confesses that he killed an old man. Going on with his confession, the narrator tells the reader that it wasn’t for money or in spite of the old man that he performed such an act, his motive for murdering the old man was, “His eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold.” The man goes on to say that he killed the old man to rid of the eye that made him so unnerved. Though he went as far as killing the old man, the narrator insists time and time again that he is not crazy because his criminal…

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