The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Persistence of Memory and "The Tell-Tale Heart" also incorporates the motif of death in both their works that help to exemplify the concept of Surrealism and the unconscious mind. In "The Tell-Tale Heart", the story illustrates the absurd murder of the old man. The narrator tries to justify why he killed the old man by stating, "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" (Poe 18). Although the narrator was frightened by the eye of the old man, his reasoning is ill-justified, and therefore the murder of the old man shows his depraved mind and paranoia to kill the old man. Therefore, this directly connects …show more content…
For example, in "The Tell-Tale Heart", the narrator initially had a fascination with time. Likewise, the narrator states: I did for seven long nights -every night just at midnight..., And every morning, when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber, and spoke courageously to him, calling him by name in a hearty tone, and inquiring how he has passed the night..., just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept (Poe 19).
Here, the quotation shows the narrator's deep fascination with time and his awareness, by precisely coming to the old man's room at midnight. However, by the end of the story he did not perceive time the same. The narrator states, "I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men -but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed -I raved -I swore!" (Poe 24). The quotation shows the narrator's unawareness of actuality as he hears unidentifiable noises. This unawareness also shows how the narrator is unconscious to the idea of time as he acts national. This same concept of time parallels in The Persistence of Memory. The multiple clocks in the artwork show that at one point time was apparent. The droopy clocks and unknown carcass timelessness and how death is apparent and that time is not. Therefore, The Persistence of Memory and "The Tell-Tale Heart" shows the coherent motif of time by using the idea
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For example, in "The Tell-Tale Heart" the motif of blue was significant, since the story was based on the blue eye of the old man and caused him to act delusional. However, the blue seen in The Persistence of Memory was included because of automatism. Dali did not intentionally use certain colors for each object or specifically define his painting (Dickerson 215). Therefore, Poe used the blue eye to give the short story a symbolic meaning, but Dali used blue inadvertently. However, both works have a irrational and delirious tone. In "The Tell-Tale Heart", the narrator hears voices from heaven and hell, showing how insane the narrator has become. In The Persistence of Memory, in unexplained inclusion of the ants and "boneless" animal, illustrates Dali's "eccentric behavior" that give the painting also a irrational and delirious tone. (Poe 17).Therefore, even though they do not incorporate the idea of the unconscious mind the same way, each individually show aspects of this

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