The Tell Tale Heart Critical Thinking Analysis

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The decisions made by others perplex those who are not a part of this decision-making process. Words such as crazy and lunatic begin to be thrown around to try and justify the actions of others (Leon). These words are used to help the mind grasp something that it does not fully understand yet with reasoning. “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe is about the narrator who murders an old man from the looks of his eye. People see this as startling for something so minute and innocent when a deeper meaning could be hiding underneath, this leads many to wonder, why exactly a man would be killed for his eye and his eye alone?
Edgar Alan Poe was a troubled man during his lifetime. He struggled with drinking as well as drugs and had a hard life,
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The old man’s eye is observed as many things within different cultures. Some regard it as the window to the soul, as an all-knowing being, or even as a form of judgment. The narrator from The Tell-Tale Heart states that, “for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye”. (Poe) The narrator sees an issue with the old man’s eye within the story, although there was no reference of a problem before, this can be viewed as he had done something wrong recently and his own mind is mocking him about what it is he has done. The eye being recognized as “evil” is determined by the narrator who, in the sense of the eye being figurative, has done something wrong to be judged by this eye. This constant reminder led the narrator to kill the old man to be-rid of the one object that vexed him and reminded him of the wrong he has …show more content…
Although there is no absolute answer, much of the public believe the eye is a symbol of something much greater. It is seen as the all knowing or an object to criticize how we as humans live. This justifies the answer so many have asked as to why, leading to the before words of calling the narrator out for his insanity to becoming more understanding. After comprehending what the symbolism of the eye is leaves many to wonder, would they themselves do such an act to be rid judgement. Work Cited
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Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.” Poestories, poestories.com/read/telltaleheart. Accessed 11 Feb. 2018
Thompson, G. R. "Edgar Allan Poe." Antebellum Writers in the South: Second Series, edited by Kent P. Ljungquist, Gale, 2001. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 248. Literature Resource Center,http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/H1200010341/GLS?u=lincclin_lscc&sid=GLS&xid=a74dca94. Accessed 12 Feb.

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