Essay on The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allen Poe

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The story I chose to read and write my analysis on is Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” written in 1843. The setting of the story takes place in an old fashioned house, primarily in a bedroom, where two individuals reside. One of them is the unnamed protagonist; a self-proclaimed care taker. The other, an old man, is the antagonist who has a diseased eye. The care-taker of the old man characterizes itself not as a mad-man, but as a man whose disease “sharpened [his] senses” (Poe, 1843). Although the gender of the narrator (and protagonist) is not revealed, it is believed that the character is male. The background characters are the three police men who enter the story in the tail end of the short story. This story is a narration of how the self proclaimed madman plans and carries out the murder of the elderly man he is taking care of. The narrator guides the reader through his thoughts, planning, and execution of the elderly man. He ultimately murders the old man because of the diseased eye he had, which tormented the care taker to the point of murder. It is my assumption that the eye the old man had was actually a glass eye, and not merely diseased as the text insinuates. The story takes the audience through the narrator’s decision to kill the elderly man he cared for, both physically, and emotionally. The narrator states that he greatly cared for this man, but that his eye drove him to the point of murderous extremes. The narrator ultimately causes the…

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