The Tell Tale Heart Analysis

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The literature piece “The Tell-Tale Heart”, by Edgar Allen Poe, is a peculiar and descriptive writing. The main character, with an unknown name, is terrified of looking at an old man's eye. He describes the eye as looking like an eye of a “vulture” (Poe 1) and he wants to get rid of the eye as fast as possible. The reason for the eye bothering him is unknown, but it is apparent throughout the story that he has a disease that is making him feel wary about the eye. At the beginning of the story, he says that “the disease had sharpened my senses,” (Poe 1) which proves that he does have some sort of disease, but the disease is unknown. The main character shows signs of diseases such as schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and paranoid personality disorder. Schizophrenia is a disease that affects a person’s ability to correctly think, behave, and feel. The main character shows numerous signs of schizophrenia throughout the story. One sign of schizophrenia he shows is his disorganized thinking. He believes he isn’t crazy, but rather has acute senses. Throughout the story he often revisits how the reader must think he is mad, and then he gives reasoning as to why he’s not mad. For example, he says “If you still think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.” (Poe 3) This shows that he doesn’t think he’s mad, but instead he thinks he’s smart. Another sign of schizophrenia that he shows is

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