The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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In between guilt, paranoia and obsession The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe uses several literary elements to support the themes of the story. The story is based on a gruesome murder of an old man. The author uses madness, obsession and guilt as themes to prove how the narrator is truly twisted and insane. Madness is the first theme of the story; in the beginning the narrator tries to convince the audience he is not mad (insane). “TRUE!... nervous very, very nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (The Tell-Tale Heart 1-3). The narrator throughout the story persuades the audience that he was not insane for killing the old man. However, the more the man speaks the more we know he is mentally unstable. The narrator own words convict him. Even though he once again attempts to assure us he is fine by telling us the story of the murder calmly. “Observe how healthily, how calmly I can tell you the whole story” (The Tell-Tale Heart 1-3). Once starting the story, he states he loved the old man, he never did him wrong and most indeed did not want his gold. The main motivation for killing the old man was his eye and he reassures us it was definitely his eye “I think it was his eye! YES, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture, a pale blue eye with film over it.” (The Tell-Tale Heart 1-3). The vulture like eye which made his blood run cold which triggered the man to go mad. By stalking the old man for a whole week every midnight discreetly and cautiously.
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