The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

864 Words Apr 1st, 2016 4 Pages
“TRUE! -- nervous -- very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”(Poe 1) Conflict has been a part of our lives since our first breath, and will continue to be until our last. In the short story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, we are exposed to three different and complex types of conflict; Man v. Man, Man v. Society, Man v. Himself. Poe uses these conflicts coupled with ambiguity to arouse an intricate type of fear in the reader, while shining a light on real world issues. In an effort to prove his sanity, the narrator tells his story of murder, “Hearken! And observe how healthily -- how calmly I can tell you the whole story.”(Poe 1) In Poe’s story the most obvious conflict is between the narrator and the old man. Conflict between men is as old as time, and it has become a sad reality that most times we have little to no context as to why we engage in such conflict. The narrator’s tale begins with an idea, an idea that consumed him and pits him against another unsuspecting man. Yet this idea seems to fall short of reason. “Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye!” (Poe 1) In the narrator’s attempt to justify his action, he admits that he is not entirely sure of why he wants to kill the old man. It was not greed, it was not hatred; the old man had never insulted him in any way. Yet the…

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