Response to a Reading Essay

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Erica Rivera Prof. Radetich Eng. 102 21 Sep. 2015 The Unreliable Narrator In Edgar Allen Poe’s story “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator recalls a story of stalking and murder. He claims to have loved the man, and had no real reason to kill him. The only explanation the narrator offers for his heinous crime, is that he feared the old man’s pale- blue, vulture like eye. He feared the eye, so much so, that he needed to rid himself of it permanently. The narrator of this story is unreliable because he continuously denies being mad, has no sense of reality, and he is delusional. To begin with, one reason the narrator is unreliable is, because throughout the story he continuously denies being mad. When he begins to tell the story he denies insanity and describes his behavior as nervousness and over sensitivity. The narrator then explains that he is not mad, but that he is suffering from an undisclosed illness. He claims that he would not be able to clearly recall the story if he was truly mad. The narrator feels the calm manner in which he can tell the story, is proof of his sanity. Secondly, the narrator is unreliable because he has no sense of reality. The reason his gives for killing the old man is, because he had a pale blue eye that resembled a vulture. The narrator is also convinced that the old man’s eye has vexed him. He admits that he cannot remember when he decided to kill the man. The mere fact that he thinks an old man’s eye has hexed him provides enough evidence that he has no sense of reality. Furthermore, the narrator is unreliable because he is delusional. The narrator describes hearing a “low, dull, quick sound, the sound a watch makes when enveloped in cotton.” He then reveals that it is the man’s heart beating, he is hearing. More evidence of his delusions is when he is being interviewed by the policemen,

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