Literary Essay The Tell-Tale Heart
It’s not him accepting whether or not h’s mad, it’s him arguing, creating rules of what Madmen could or could not do, and yet the writing is done so masterfully, in the nervous almost jumbled manner to depict the racing thoughts of someone who has been suffering from some plight of the mind.Poe helps show that the narrator is indeed mad by the tone of the writing, the symbolism of the man’s eye, and the repetition of the narrators idea of what causes someone to be mad.Tell Tale heart close reading The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe depicts the story of a murderer who appears to be mad, and yet the murderer spends the story trying to convince the reader that he is actually a sane person.In writing this story Poe does a great job of capturing exactly how someone who did just commit such a heinous act, especially someone who was most likely in the wrong state of mind from the get go.And as noted in the introduction to this section, this story shows the narrator's attempt to rationalize his irrational behavior.The story begins with the narrator admitting that he is a "very dreadfully nervous" type.
When he says "I fairly chuckled at the idea," we know that we are indeed dealing with a highly disturbed personality — despite the fact that he seems to present his story very coherently.Every night at twelve o'clock, he would slowly open the door, "oh so gently," and would quietly and cunningly poke his head very slowly through the door.It would sometimes take him an hour to go that far — "would a madman have been so wise as this?This also helps show how the narrator is mad as he believes his own grand illusions of the old man having some kind of evil eye to help him deal with the crime he had committed and the disease he was still suffering from.In this way as well poe shows how this man failed to cope with his madness, snapped, and killed the old man because of his own delusions.On this particular night, unlike the preceding seven nights, the narrator's hand slipped on the clasp of the lantern, and the old man immediately "sprang up in bed, crying out — 'Who's there?'" He can see nothing because the shutters are all closed.The story begins boldly and unexpectedly: "I loved the old man," the narrator says, adding, "He had never wronged me." Next, he reveals that he was obsessed with the old man's eye — "the eye of a vulture — a pale blue eye, with a film over it." Without any real motivation, then, other than his psychotic obsession, he decides to take the old man's life.Even though he knows that we, the readers, might consider him mad for this decision, yet he plans to prove his sanity by showing how "wisely" and with what extreme precaution, foresight, and dissimulation he executed his deeds.Lastly Poe showcases the narrator’s insanity by using the literary element of repetition. Summary Even though this is one of Poe's shortest stories, it is nevertheless a profound and, at times, ambiguous investigation of a man's paranoia.