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Analysis of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

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  1. Introduction.
    1. John Greenleaf Whittier's first publication of the short story The Tell Tale Heart.
    2. The tuberculosis that lived daily in the house with Poe.
  2. The story.
    1. Span of the story.
    2. The use of first person in the story.
    3. Male characteristics exhibited by the narrator of 'A Tell-Tale Heart'.
  3. A delicate balance of light and dark or good and evil in relation to human nature.
  4. The narrators failed atempt to prove he is not mad.
  5. The belief in the evil eye.
  6. Conclusion.

In the popular short story The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allen Poe reveals the horrid theme that each person has a vicious wicked side or a dark side that can provoke the person into committing unthinkable sins for no apparent reason. Poe was an expert in writing thrillers which the psyche of the main character would be challenged. After reading a story by Poe, the reader often asks whether he/she could possibly do such an evil act. The Tell-Tale Heart is a perfect example of how a person could be driven to commit the most horrendous act of murder for just a simple everyday object. A human being has a perverse, wicked side?another self?that can goad him into doing evil things that have no apparent motive.

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[...] Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold, and so by degrees, very gradually, I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever. (Poe, Tell-Tale Heart) Here the offense is the eye of the old man. This eye is large, bulging, light blue, is covered with a film, and resembles the eye of a vulture. Perhaps the eye was just such a focal point that it made the narrator uncomfortable or it could have through its resemblance to the eye of a vulture, reminded him of his own impending death. [...]


[...] they were making a mockery of my horror! this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now again hark! louder! louder! louder! LOUDER! "Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! tear up the planks! here, here! it is the beating of his hideous heart!" (Poe Tell-Tale Heart) The narrator told on himself. [...]


[...] (Womack) Over the years many have enjoyed the short story The Tell-Tale Heart for its spooky terrifying sensations as entertainment. Edgar Allan Poe did not intend for this to be the soul purpose of the story. He was happy when he could make enough money to make Virginia's life a little more tolerable, so it was just fine with him that people purchased it. However, he left to society a work that would not only excite and thrill it, but one that would leave [...]

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