The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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“William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe are two works that explore the similarity of love and hate. This overarching theme in these literary works explores some of the most fundamental and universal ideas. The reader will have their perspective on how they view the world changed and be shaken from their preconceived notions of love and hate. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” The narrator kills an old man that he otherwise loves and trusts. The narrator dismembers the body the old man and conceals the body parts under the floorboards of the bedroom. When the police arrive to investigate, the narrator attempts to keep his cool, but hears what he thinks is the beating of the old man’s heart. He gets paranoid and rips up the floorboards and confesses his crime. In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator confesses a love for an old man whom he then murders and dismembers. The narrator tries to separate the old man, whom he loves, from the old man’s eyes, which triggers the narrator’s paranoia and hatred. In the story the narrator describes the eyes as “eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold” (Allan Poe). The eyes in this work symbolize a part of the narrator’s identity. The narrator doesn’t like and refuses to accept this part of him, that’s why when he sees the eyes he is engulfed with fear and anger. But because this part of himself, which he hates, is represented by the old mans…

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