The Tell Tale Heart - Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" shows how man's imagination is able of being so vivid that it severely affects people's lives. The expression of the narrator's imagination unintentionally plants seeds in his mind, and those seeds grow into an unattainable situation for which there is no room for reason and which ends in murder. The narrator takes care of an old man with who the relationship is uncertain with, although the narrator's comment of "For his gold I had no desire" (Poe 34) lends itself to the fact that the old man may be a family member whose death would monetarily benefit the narrator. Moreover, the narrator also intimates a caring relationship when he says, "I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult" (34). The narrator's obsession with the old man's eye finishes in his own undoing as he is engulfed with internal conflict and his own transformation from confidence to guilt. The fixation on the old man's vulture-like eye forces the narrator to make up a plan to eliminate the old man. The narrator confesses the sole reason for killing the old man is his eye: "Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees - very gradually - I made up my mind to rid myself of the eye forever" (34). The narrator begins his tale of betrayal by trying to convince the reader he is not insane, but the reader quickly assumes the narrator indeed is out of control. The fact that the old man's eye is the only motivation to murder proves the narrator is beyond mentally unstable that he must search for justification to kill. In his mind, he justifies murder with his own irrational fear of the eye. The narrator wrestles with conflicting feelings of responsibility to the old man and feelings of ridding his life of the man's "Evil Eye" (34). Although afflicted with overriding fear and derangement, the narrator still

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