Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart

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“Men have called me bad; but the question is not settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiness of intelligence,” (Edgar Allan Poe). Edgar Allan Poe is a well known and beloved writer of the horrid and meticulous. Through emphasis on his personal life and personal insanity, we get a glimpse inside the world that might be our own minds as well as stories that teach us life lessons as well as make our blood curdle and ponder over the deep emotions of Poe’s life. Stories such as the Tell-Tale Heart teach us of these life lessons. In this story the narrator attempts pleas of sanity by disclosing his meticulous plans for killing the old man convince the reader of his insanity. Through various methods that Poe uses; emotional instability, irony, vocabulary, and repetition, we come to believe the theme he is trying to tell us is that perception does not necessarily mean reality. The protagonist of the "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a classic example of Poe 's unreliable narrator, a man who cannot be trusted to tell the objective truth of what is occurring. His unreliability becomes immediately evident in the first paragraph of the story, when he insists on his clarity of mind and attributes any signs of madness to his nervousness and oversensitivity, particularly in the area of hearing. However, as soon as he finishes his declaration of sanity, he offers an account that has a series of apparent logical gaps that can only be explained by insanity. In his writings, Poe often
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