The Tale the Heart Tells

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Immense insanity influences the narrator’s identification with the diseased old man, and one night he relates their moans of terror: “I knew the sound well. Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me. I say I knew it well. I knew what the old man felt and pitied him although I chuckled at heart” (Poe 2). The narrator sees the man as his double through such an emphasis on their similar features, which later becomes crucial as the narrator feels the need for the displacement of his fear. The fact that the old man’s fear is warranted due to his existence in actual physical danger serves to show that the narrator’s feeling of an association with the man through a bond of recurring paranoia is unjustified due to such sane and normal feelings of apprehension in only this circumstance. His perceived association with the man and constant feelings of fear, lead to his logical conclusion – based off of his own feelings of self-loathing and self-hatred – that he would actually be doing the man a great service by killing him, an action in which he also temporarily soothes his own agitations through a transference…

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