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Insanity In Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell Tale Heart

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Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, shows the darkness of insanity and obsessive behavior possible within the human psyche. It does this by having the main character who will do anything to end his obsession, even murder. The Tell-Tale Heart begins with what all good sane people do; an inner monologue about just how sane they are. He begins to think about his elderly neighbor who he plans to kill. “He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire.” (Poe, 537). Displaying how his neighbor is a good man who has never caused him harm. That there is also no monetary reason or selfish one as well. This begs the question of why he would want to murder his neighbor. The reason: his eye. He goes on to describe how whenever his neighbor looks at him his“blood ran cold;” (Poe, 537) This bothers him so much that he watches him sleep only willing to kill his neighbor when the eye is open. On the eighth night, he discovers his neighbor’s eye open and kills him in a fit of rage. This shows his inner insanity by displaying just how trouble he will go to because of his obsession. After he kills and dismembers him he hears a knock at the door. The police came to discover what the scream the people living around them heard. The P.O.V character instantly shows signs of being a psychopath by completely fooling the policemen. Most people after completing such a gruesome act would be anything but calm. Yet he has the men completely charmed
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