Essay about The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

1384 Words Nov 24th, 2014 6 Pages
Relief, is what the narrator feels as he rids himself of the “vulture eye.” Freedom, is the narrator’s goal via murder. The opposite, is what he gains. The quote above clarifies that the narrator revels in his accomplishment as he gets away with murder undetected.Thus leaving him free from consequence, or so he thought. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, an unnamed man is haunted by the “pale blue” eye of an elderly man and is fixated on freeing himself from the vulture eye in the most efficient way he knows how. Seeing the old man’s eye evokes unwanted emotions in the narrator and creates the sadistic need to annihilate the old man solely to unburden himself. But, once he has completed the murder, he is filled with guilt and anxiety which eventually cause him to confess his sins to the police. This leads the reader to the conclusion that the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” saw his true self in the old man’s eye and could not live with it, which in turn pilots to the murder of the old man in an attempt to kill off his own negative qualities. Poe animatedly describes the “evil eye” in a certain way to provoke a response from the reader and the narrator. For example, he writes, “He had the eye of a vulture,” (Poe) implying that the eye itself is like that of an ominous predator. In the wild, when a vulture spots a sick or injured animal it stalks it in anticipation for its final collapse, and then it feeds on the fallen remains. Because Poe chose to compare the…

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