The Tell Tale Heart Is A Gothic Story

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Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart is considered a gothic story because it involves dark subject matter; like madness, violence, fear, and the supernatural. The heart of the story, which establishes the conflict, is madness. The narrator of the story is a man already suffering from madness; this is known because he tells the reader he has a disease that “sharpened his senses” (317) and he hears “all things in the heaven and in the earth” (317). However, his madness is intensified by his neighbor 's unusual eye; it is described as being “a pale blue eye with a film over it” (317). The narrator explains that the eye makes his “blood run cold” (317), and he thinks the “eye of a vulture” led him to murder the old man. The narrator is clearly unsure of his reasoning for murdering the man, though most sane people who commit murder have a definite motive. The narrator also feels no compassion for the old man and obsesses over the power he has over him, which is a sign of a mental imbalance. He openly states the he recognized the man’s fear when he heard the narrator lurking, but he “chuckled at heart” (318). Additionally, the narrator spends much of the story explaining the ways in which he is sane; he declares, “Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me” (317), and “If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body” (319). Most sane people do not have to justify their sanity. In Poe’s The Tell-Tale…
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