Essay about “The Tell-Tale Heart”

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a first-person narrative short story that features a disguised-cum-mysterious narrator. The narrator does not reveal any interest while proving his innocence regarding the murder of the old man. Moreover, he makes us believe that he is in full control of his mind but yet suffering from a disease that causes him over acuteness of the senses. As we go through the story, we can find his obsession in proving his sanity. The narrator lives with an old man, who has a clouded, pale blue, vulture-like eye that makes him so vulnerable that he kills the old man. He confesses that there was no interest, no passion whatsoever in killing the old man, whom he loved. Throughout the story, the narrator directs…show more content…
One of the fascinating aspects of this story is that it remains indistinguishable to whom the narrator is addressing his appeal to be found sane. It may be the police; or more likely a judge; or can also be the warden of the prison; or even a group of people gathered to witness him hung up during his execution (Tucker 95). Instead of attempting to prove his innocence, the narrator's long monologue becomes a case in which he tries to prove his sanity. Moreover, he tries to defend his sanity by explaining how wise and cautious he was as he was preparing for the murder. Every night he checked on the old man to make sure he got everything right and get ready to execute his plan. The narration lacks of a concrete explanation of the person or place to which it is addressed, which leaves much room for interpretation for the readers. What we can infer from the story is it is not addressed to the police officers since the narrator says he was successful in making them satisfied. Finally, the climax of the story comes as the revelation of the dead body hidden under the planks. Because the story is told as a memento, our estimation might be that the narrator is addressing a court official or personage who may influence over the judgment of the narrator. Therefore, the story that the narrator is telling is most accurately realized as an appeal for mercy rather

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