Essay about Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart

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In Edgar Allan Poe story “The Tell Tale Heart” Poe was perhaps trying to show that even the craziest person can show signs of remorse. The story takes place mainly in an old man’s room at night. The killer studied the old man’s habits for several nights, he knew his surroundings. The old man did nothing wrong he just had this estrange eye which made the killer infuriated. He decided to take care of it. The old man is seen as the antagonist of this story, since the killer is the protagonist of this story. Although the old man can’t control his eye appearance, this is clearly an obstacle for the protagonist in his life. In Edgar Allan Poe 's the tell tale heart the old man drives the protagonist to commit murder because of the appearance of his eye, although he can control his eye it 's an obstacle to him and it must be removed.
The killer admits that he has no reason at all to be this mad about the appearance of the old man’s eye. “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night” (767). The conflict between them makes the killer go through significant mental ups and downs. He goes several nights to the old man’s room to see how his plan would be carried.
It may be unexpected for the old man to be the antagonist of the story since he has done nothing wrong to the protagonist of the story. After several nights of breaking into the old man 's room the killer felt more secure about it. But he could not kill the man…

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