Essay on The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

762 Words Oct 16th, 2015 4 Pages
People who suffer from a mental illness such as schizophrenia strongly believe there is nothing wrong with their behavior in other words crazy people do not know they are crazy. Edgar Allan Poe captures that exact characterization with a demented narrator in his short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, tension is created through the words of a mental narrator, intense imagery and an insane plot.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” a neurotic narrator becomes upset by his roommates “vulture eye”. In the story the narrator’s trouble with the old man’s evil eye is the cause of his frustration. The narrator even mentions how he “love[s] the old man…I think it [i]s his eye!—yes, it [i]s this!” (page 1). Just the look of the eye causes him such grave horror. Because of this the crazed man actually comes to the conclusion of taking the old man’s life to put his mind at ease. While telling his story the narrator reassures the audience of his sanity constantly explaining how a madman can’t plot a more careful plan such as his. For seven straight night the hysterical man creeps into the room of the old man with the vulture eye and watches him sleep. On the eighth night the story reaches its turning point when the old man awakens from his sleep and reveals his “vulture eye”, the very eye that haunts the lunatic narrator triggers something in him and he finally kills the old man. Contempt with his actions, the neurotic man disposes of the body by cutting off the…

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