The Cask Of Amontillado, The Black Cat, And The Tell Tale Heart

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The narrators in “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” want readers, to understand why they behaved liked psychopaths. However, because of the circumstances, these narrators prove unreliable and we can’t help but to identify them as psychopaths and sympathize with their victims. Psychopath is defined as a mental disorder in which an individual can act normal, but has extreme anger issues. A psychopath can usually live a normal life, but when they are alone a different person comes out. They don’t like to be tested with their abilities because it makes them feel weak. These people don’t have relationships and learn from failures. In the short story “The Tell Tale Heart” Poe develops a narrator that is plagued by guilt and wishes to use the story to confess his murder. The narrator tells his story in first person. He fears being misunderstood, and sets out to explain to the reader the circumstances of what happened and essentially prove his sanity to the reader. From the beginning, the narrator describes what he wants to do to the old nervous he is getting, and that he hears things from heaven and hell. He’s trying to make sure that everyone knows that he not insane. He begins by telling the readers how much he loved the “old man”. While the narrator states in the beginning that the old man had never wronged him, he is nonetheless excessively bothered by the man’s eye, which he blames on his own “hypersensitivity.” He writes, “I saw it

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