“The Tell Tale Heart” Short Story Essay
Owen Meredith, a blind woman, stated, “Those true eyes [t]oo pure and too honest in aught to disguise [t]he sweet soul shining through them.” Owen Meredith well describes the beauty that eyes of every individual holds. Edgar Allan Poe on the other hand portrays the negative to the message Owen Meredith convey’s when she describes her vision of eyes. In the story “The Tell Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe focuses his story on the narrator’s insanity, due to the evil eye of an old man. The narrator observes the man for seven nights; after the eighth night, due to the disturbance the evil eye brings him, the narrator kills the old man. Edgar Allan Poe focuses on the insanity an eye can bring to an individual and what it leads to. In "Tell Tale Heart," the evil eye represents the old man’s blindness, as well as the duplicity of vision in the narrator’s mind, both of which show an open eye to death.
The symbol of the evil eye shows the old man’s blindness and open eye to death. The old man does not doubt the trust he has in the narrator, his caretaker. This is ironic because the old mans “evil eye” has not simply blinded him in terms of physical vision, but also his mental vision, which is the primary cause of the man’s blindness in the view of the narrator that leads to his death. The old man was well deceived by the narrator’s great tactics; the narrator said:
“And every morning when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber and spoke how he had passed the night. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him as he slept.” (Poe 14)
This simply leads to the fact that the trust the old man has in the narrator grows more and more as he is blinded mentally, ultimately leading to his death. Later the old man is in a situation that is experienced by many people today. What this situation is like is;...