Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

1870 Words Mar 18th, 2016 8 Pages
David Grohl once said, “Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you as an artist. It 's a black wall. It 's a thief.” This is well known yet difficult to avoid. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” intentionally uses the symbols or motifs of the heartbeat, the repetition of the word mad, and the old man’s eye to demonstrate a madman’s insanity that portrays the theme of guilt. The study of the character ‘madman’ shows us this theme during the story. A nameless person, madman, explains that he is and was extremely nervous, but is not and was not insane. The narrator, protagonist, has a "disease," the antagonist, which makes all his senses, especially his hearing, very sensitive. An idea can to his mind and it had taken control over him. He focused on one single thing in his life, the old man’s eye. He thought the innocent old man’s eye was the eye of a vulture, a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon him, his blood ran cold; and so by degrees, very gradually, he made up his mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid himself of the eye forever. He watched the old man sleep every night for a week, preparing to complete his task. He had come across a problem, he couldn’t kill the old man while he was sleeping. It was not the old man that ruined him, but his eye, therefore he could not complete his task while the old man’s eye’s were closed. He watched the man, but on the eighth night the old man heard someone…

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