Guilt In The Tell Tale Heart

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Source: ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ Guilt is a feeling that is inevitable. In the story “The Tell-Tale Heart” Edgar Allan Poe tells us how mental illness is not enough in counteracting guilt. As the story unfolds, we notice the narrator’s reactions. The narrator uses his hypersensitivity in defense of his sanity, which results in him telling a tale about his murder. From the story, we came to know the old man was innocent. However, the pale blue eyes of his provoked the unnamed narrator. Hence, he planned to kill the old man. The idea of killing haunted him day and night. He took seven days to execute the plan. Every midnight, for the seven days, the narrator would visit the old man’s bedroom and watch him sleep. All these times he couldn’t execute…show more content…
I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man's heart. “ He also mentioned “but the beating of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every second. The old man's terror must have been extreme!” Following this, the question that arises here is, whose heartbeat does the narrator actually hear? It was the narrator’s own heartbeat that he heard. This is because he was anxious seeing the eyes. Also, from my point of view, I think the narrator had a vague premonition of danger. Thus, his heartbeat accelerated. However, due to mental illness the narrator was convinced that it was the man’s heart that pounded out of…show more content…
His head hurt. Moreover, his ears rang. He talked more and in a louder voice to get rid of the noise. No matter how much he tried, the noise kept on increasing. He figured that the noise was not from within the ears. He narrated that it was like a sound “a watch makes inside a cotton”. Again, he was referring to the sound of the old man’s heart. I presume it was the sound of a guilty heart of the narrator himself that pounded. Guilt was inevitable. The mental illness did not let him comprehend his feelings but the guilty feeling was still
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