The Dark Ways Of Insanity In Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, By Edgar Allan Poe

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The Dark Ways of Insanity
“But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say that I am mad?” (Tell- Tale Heart 1) Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston Massachusetts, was confronted with challenges that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Before Edgar was three years old, his father had left his family, and his mother had died of tuberculosis. In three of his pieces, Tell- Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Black Cat, evidence of insanity are present. The Raven, the old man, and the black cat with the white spot where characters that lead the narrators to insanity. Similarities between the provoking characters, the recurring guilt, and the gruesome deaths validate the meaning of Poe’s insanity.
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“Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster followed fast...It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore.” (The Raven 3) A gruesome murder does not occur in The Raven, but from the narrator’s tone and description of the raven’s actions, Lenore must have been brutally murder under a synthetic condition. When one watches another sleep, they must be crazy. “every night about twelve o 'clock I slowly opened his door.”( Tell -Tale Heart 2) An extensive plan went into each killing, enlarging the narrator 's hate for the supporting characters. “It was the beating of the old man’s heart…. the sound grew louder… The time had come! I rushed into the room, crying, “Die! Die!” The old man gave a loud cry of fear as I fell upon him and held the bedcovers tightly over his head...his heart was still beating;... but he was dead! Dead as a stone” (Tell Tale Heart 3). Certain aspects inflamed the killer to finish out the slaughters. In Tell Tale Heart the beating heart kept the narrator impelling. Out of the three stories The Black Cat was the darkest story. Two horrendous murders occur in within the novel. “I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; - hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes,...” (The Black Cat 6) The narrator wants to see the pain in the ones he once loved. “The cat followed me down the step… Uplifting an axe,...I aimed a blow at the animal,... would have proved instantly fatal…but this blow was arrested by the hand of my wife…. I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain” (The Black Cat 11). Once again killing another loved one, because they showed the narrator the “good” in

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