The Characters Of Nervousness In The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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In Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the main character changed as a person through the duration of the poem due to the terrible crime he commited. Before our main character killed the old man he was living with, the character is seen as nervous, but also very gentle and loving. We start off the whole story with the main character saying, “TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad” (Poe 1)? This proves that the main character was nervous because he states that he was in the first sentence. By saying that he was and still is nervous proves that the crime did not make him like this, the crime only made his nerves worse. The way our author, Edgar Allan Poe, writes this piece…show more content…
I was singularly at ease. They sat and while I answered cheerily, they chatted of familiar things. But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone” (Poe 3). The man starts to see the officers chatting gailey and he begins to feel less and less confident. Deep down inside our main character, a void is opening and this is causing him to become crazy paranoid with the sense that the officers know that he killed the old man and that they are playing some mind game with him. Continuing on, while the police men are talking to one another, our murderer begins to hear a faint ringing sound that becomes gradually louder. “I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder -- louder -- louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly , and smiled. Was it possible they heard not” (Poe 3)? By the man hearing a sound in his ears and becoming scared and reckless, he feels guilty because he is hiding away the remains of the old man's body in the floorboards that the officers are sitting over . When the story concludes, our murderer gives up on trying to hide his guilt away and admits that the did, in fact, kill the old man. “ "Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart"(Poe 3)! The fact that the man heard a beating heart of the victim he killed, shows some
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