The Tell-Tale Heart Character Analysis

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Committing a heinous crime, such as murder, does not necessarily make someone evil. Sometimes limits can be pushed and lines will get crossed causing lives to be cut short. A person can murder someone due to self defense, jealousy, revenge or some type of mental illness. In this case, insanity played a major role for the main character in, The Tell-Tale Heart, when he killed a man due to the fact that he was obsessed with his old neighbor’s eye. Although some may think that people who commit murder know what they are doing, the main character in this story is a complete psychopath; he cannot control his violent urges and becomes paranoid due to his preposterous act. The main character in this story is the prime example of a psychopath. His next door neighbor is an old man with a striking blue eye that irritates the main character every second of the day which brought him to a horrible decision. “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye!” (Poe 37). It is pretty clear that he has no bad blood with his next door neighbor but it is apparent that the old man’s eye is grabbing his attention in a horrible way. The main character knows that his neighbor has done nothing to him but there is something about the old man’s eye that …show more content…
It came to point where he could not take staring at the man’s eye day and night. The main character finally decided to take action. “With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once --once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him…But, for many minutes, the heart beat on with a muffled sound…At length it ceased. The old man was dead” (Poe 39). The unknown narrator snuck into his neighbor’s house late at night to kill the old man. One glimpse at the man’s eye turned into his violent and sudden

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