The Tell-Tale Heart: An Analysis

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“Why will you say that [he] … is mad” (Poe) when the narrator's senses are “acute” (Poe)? Throughout The Tell – Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe the narrator tries to convince the reader's that he is not insane. The narrator begins to go insane after meeting a man with “a pale blue eye, with a film over it” (Poe) and his senses become acute.
The narrator attempts to argue that he is not insane, instead he just foreshadows what happens in the conclusion. His “disease had sharpened [his] … senses” (Poe) and was beginning to cause him to go insane. By constantly talking about his senses, it gives subtle hints that the senses will have something to do with the story. He asks in the beginning why the reader’s would say that he is mad, however, later proceeds to give reasons as to why he is insane. When he says that he can “calmly …
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First he believes the police are “satisfied” (Poe) and they are “convinced” (Poe) so he relaxes until the ringing in his ear begins to get the best of him. He began to imagine, not only sounds but the thought of the police knowing he killed the body and they were just not speaking of which. The police knew, were making “hypocritical smiles” (Poe) as well as “making a mockery of his horror” (Poe).
In conclusion, the narrator begins to go insane after meeting a man with “a pale blue eye, with a film over it” (Poe) and his senses become acute. It is easy to say that the narrator in The Tell – Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe is completely one hundred percent insane. The obsession with the elderly man’s eye, the “acute” (Poe) senses, the constant question to if the reader thinks he is insane, disassembling the body to him going crazy when the police have arrived all gives proof to how the narrator has gone

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