The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

793 Words Apr 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Often in literature, the shortest stories have the biggest meanings behind them. In “The Tell Tale Heart”, by Edgar Allan Poe, there are many different themes behind the story. The story revolves around the theme of madness. The Tell Tale Heart starts out with the narrator being driven mad by the eye of the old man he cares for. Which soon turns into feelings of accomplishment,and no sooner turning into guilt. The first part of the story, he is so confident in killing the man, and when he finally does he feels so accomplished. The overwhelming confidence turns straight into guilt, up to the point he can’t take it anymore, and gives in to his own conscious. Throughout the short story, he is slowly lowering himself into a hole of madness that he can’t seem to get himself out of. Every minute that goes by he just keeps digging himself deeper, and deeper, until it’s too late.
“I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (p 13). The narrator is so troubled by this man’s eye, it drives him to want to murder this poor, innocent old man. The narrator is so crazed by the “vulture eye”, he almost believes its it own person. When he said “...and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye”…

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