Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe 's Tell Tale Heart

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In Edgar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator says “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” The narrator uses illustration to prove that he is not insane, and plans a story as evidence. In this story, the primary condition is the narrator 's decision to kill the old man so that the man 's eye will stop looking at the narrator. The eye, the watch, and bedroom are examples of symbolism and imagery that add to the narrator’s evidence in order to prove he is not insane, which unfortunately they make the reader to believe he is insane. The narrator is a wreck; he’s nervous, paranoid, and physically and mentally ill. Throughout the story we are shown that he does not know difference between the unreal and real. He rarely sleeps due to a constant watch on the old an. "You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing" (1). Until this point as a reader we are unaware of whether the narrator is male or female. This is the only detail that the narrator gives us about himself; He wants us to know what he did, but not where to find him. While trying to prove his sanity, he also declares that due to his powerful sense of hearing. So, he isn 't gripping reality very tightly, due in part to a sick mind, and in another part to a sick body. He explains to us how the old man feels and what he tends to think. An example would be when he states: "Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. […]
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