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Guilt In The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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Have you ever done something so terrible that you regret? Would you feel guilty about it? Would you know what to do about it? Did it lead you down a dark path? Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, it tells us a story of a the narrator’s obsession over something he believed to be evil, which causes him to violently commit a terrible crime. After the violent fight at midnight with the old man, he felt guilty, and that guilt overwhelmed him towards a negative path. By looking at symbolism, imagery, and point of view in “The Tell-Tale-Heart” by Poe, one can see that guilt can lead you to a dark path which is important because it gives the audience a warning to not do something bad in life. Poe uses symbolism to compare two things to…show more content…
Symbolism connects to guilt, because the narrator in the story describes the old man’s eye which makes him obsessed over it. He is obsessed over the old man’s eye because he thinks that it is evil and can see darkness. This also causes him to go crazy and plan to kill the old man by first stalking him at night. Imagery connects to the narrator’s guilt, because at the ending of the story, the narrator could hear the beating heart of the old man, but it was his own heart. This leads him down to a negative path and it leads him to confessing that he was the one who murdered the old man. This is because he was so afraid that he could not handle the guilt inside him. Point of View teaches the main characters in the story a lesson about guilt. In the beginning of the story it explains the narrator in jail explaining how nervous he is and why he murdered the old man, “ 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.” (2) He is explaining that he hates the eye so much that he is obsessed to it and that makes him plan to take the life of the old man. Forever now, people need to understand that shame and guilt can lead you down to a dark path and it can await in your
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