Examples Of Guilt In The Tell Tale Heart

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The Tell Tale Heart
The human heart cannot withstand the burden of guilt, eventual the guilt will be confessed or be consumed by our conscience. In the book The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator suffers from his own guilt after murdering a man he loved. His guilt leads him to his own downfall. Throughout the short story the narrator demonstrates his guilt by subconsciously hearing sound, hiding away the evidence, and lastly confessing to the crime. In the The Tell Tale Heart the narrator is subconsciously hearing sound.
Firstly, the narrator is subconsciously hearing sounds that lead him to his downfall. The narrator has such an obsession with the old man's heart that even when he murdered him he continues to hear the beating heart when in fact he is hearing his own. Poe used the words "But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart heart burst ... the sound would be heard by the neighbors
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Throughout the short story the narrator is repeatedly telling his mind that his course of actions is justified by defense from the vultures eye. "It was open -- wide wide open -- and I grew furious as I gazed upon it I saw it with perfect distinctness -- all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones"(Pg2P4). This tells the readers how "furious" he felt in a way he also felt threatening enough by the eye to murder the old man he loved. The narrator also says "In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room and desired them here to rest from there fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, I placed my seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim"(Pg3p4). This tells the readers that the narrator is trying to prove his innocence to the officers and his self, that is why he sat on the very spot where the corpse laid, and where he confesses to his mortal

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