Tell Tale Heart Pschology

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What is a crime? According to Oxford, crime is an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. There are many theories to why people commit crimes. Issues like insanity, alcoholism, and revenge. In the “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the crime was that the narrator killed the old man. The motive of the crime was that the narrator was agitated from the old man’s eye. This can be clearly seen when the narrator states “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture – a pale blue eye, with a film over it... “it haunted me day and night” (691). The narrator displays many signs of schizophrenia, one of which is referential delusions, which is when a person thinks you are doing something purposely directed at them. For example when the narrator is talking to the policemen thinking “they [know]!- they suspected!- they know!- they were making a mockery of the horror!”(695). In actuality, the policemen had no clue of the murder but the narrator’s delusions made him feel guilty thus making the narrator succumb to his feelings and confessing to the murder.
In “The Black Cat”, the crime committed are hanging pluto and murdering his wife, he claims that it happened because of alcoholism for
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Montresor mentions how Fortunato has hurt him when he admits “the thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge “ (714). Driven by pride and mania, Montresor kills fortunato with no actual evidential reason. Montresor let’s his actions by only focusing on all the bad fortunato has done to him which leads to the homicide. For example, at the end of the story when Montresor chains Fortunato and makes him scream to let be let out: montresor shows no humanity and ignores him, leaving him to suffocate. Montresor kills him in a way that is harsh and almost like torturing, showing his
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