Analysis Of Poe 's ' The Tell Tale Heart '

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Tamara Combs Professor Bonds ENG 1102 28October 2015 Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” The Tell Tale Heart is a story, on the most basic level, of conflict. There is a psychological struggle inside the speaker himself .Through obvious clues and statements, Poe warns the reader to the mental state of the speaker, which is irrationality. The irrationality is described as a fixation (with the old man 's eye), which in turn leads to loss of control and ultimately results in murder. “…I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. …I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. 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 this rid myself of the eye forever…” Although the speaker seems to be blatantly foolish, and thinks he has freedom from guilt, the sense of responsibility over the murder is too overwhelming to endure. “…I bade them search – search well. I led them, at length, to his chamber…. In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim” “... I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone… I fancied a ringing in my ears. I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but
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