Point Of View And Theme Essay "the Tell-Tale Heart

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Crystal Tenhet Professor Scott Point of View and Theme Essay February 7, 2010 Poe writes the story “The Tell Tale Heart” from the perspective of the murderer of an old man. The unreliable narrator tells the story in first-person point of view. The theme of this story can be a little confusing. First you have that all humans have a good and evil side, Second, the bad within each of us is worse than that which is outside of us and that the fear of being found out can actually lead to being found out The narrator is not named anywhere in the story. When the narrator is the protagonist and tells the story from a personal account it makes the overall impact of the story more vivid. The narrator in this story is mentally challenged and adds to the overall effect of horror by continually stressing that he or she is not mad; He tries to convince us of that fact by how carefully this brutal crime was planned and executed. He begins the story inquiring, "How then am I mad?" and states, "Observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story" (Paragraph 1). The narrator tries to prove how sane he really is before the reader has read enough to make any kind of judgment about him. The narrator is so scared of the old man's evil eye that he has decided to kill him just to get rid of the evil eye. The narrator admits to committing a senseless crime. The old man was never mean to him or treated him wrong. The old man had nothing of value that the narrator wanted. The narrator stated that he even loved the old man. “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult.”However in his mind the old man’s evil eye had provoked him for a very long time and he finally had to kill him to get rid of the eye. Tenhet 2 The narrator is very paranoid and, maybe he thought the eye saw who he really is, He is a crazy man. He is not the calm and

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