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The Tell Tale Heart

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In the stories, "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", and "The Cask of Amontillado" two of the stories have unnamed narrators with one friend that has a named narrator that tell their point of view. But, many of them are unreliable narrators and we cannot always trust what they say and think of other people. Each of them have their own separate effects on the reader of the story and how the reader interprets the narrative. The difference on how the teller of the story and how the reader of the story understands it is what this passage will be talking about. We will be analyzing the effect that these narrators have on reading starting with the effect of "The Tell-Tale Heart".
In "The Tell-Tale Heart" the narrator is a young male that is taking care of an old man by living with him as a roommate. This narrator (though is never said in the story) is suffering from a mental illness that makes him paranoid. We know that he is crazy, and he proves that by trying to deny that he is crazy in the very beginning, and then says that he can hear everything in heaven, the underworld, …show more content…

The way that handles the situation shows that Montresor follows his family motto very much which is, “No one attacks me with impunity”. He claims that he can name one thousand injuries that Fortunato has placed upon him but, once Fortunato insulted his family, he snapped. Montresor then swore revenge upon Fortunato and then took his time to plan for attack. He got the job done with extreme precision, thought, and manipulation with no flaws. This is the reason why Montresor is the only narrator out of all three stories to get away with his crime. Montresor’s actions show that he is very determined, cold, analytical, and, very vengeful when it is put to his mind. He is a reliable narrator he tells us why he did it and how he did

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