The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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The story starts off by an unidentified narrator confronting the reader talking about his nervous condition yet he claims not to be mad. The narrator then begins to relate his story about how he killed an old man, and believes that he did not do it out of insanity. It is the fear of the old man’s blue eye that motivates the narrator to murder him, and not any greed of the old man’s wealth. He keeps on convincing himself that he is not insane, even though his actions are immoral, they are justifiable and just according to him. For a week, the narrator has a habit of going to the old man’s room, and quietly observing as he sleeps, but act normally the following morning when they meet. On the eighth night, he finally decides to kill the old…show more content…
I felt as though throughout the story, the narrator is trying to convince the reader that he is perfectly sane and not a mad man. However, it is ironic how even in trying to prove his sanity, he ends up ultimately revealing how demented he really is as he transpires the events of his relationship with the old man. The narrator’s sanity can also be questioned when he is not able to tell the difference between real and imaginary sounds, moments before he gives himself up to the policemen. It is a classic case of insanity as the narrator seems to hear the low heartbeat of the old man, and yet was not bothered by the old man’s shriek that caught the attention of the neighbor. The policemen in the story are not even inquisitive as they usually are, but have a relaxed approach when dealing with the narrator, which for some odd reason (probably because the narrator is mad) leaves him uncomfortable. The more the narrator tries to act normal, the more we can see how crazy, he is as his own heartbeat to him sounds like that of the old man. He obviously has some serious mental problems, when he his own guilt takes over him and confesses calling the policemen “villains” when he is the actual villain and not the other way round. I think that this was the epitome of insanity in the story as he cannot distinguish between himself and the policemen, and is engrossed in
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