Edgar Allan Poe and Old Man

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Jessica Torres
Professor Baland
English 1302-6005
15 October 2012
The Tell-Tale Heart Analytical Essay
The Tell-Tale Heart, written by Edgar Allen Poe is a chilling and stomach turning short story. This story is told from an unknown narrator, who is insane but tries to make the reader think otherwise. The narrator commits a brutal murder and then tries to hide it, but his guilt gets the best of him. Some people might ask why Poe wrote such a gritty story. I for one believe that this was just his way of getting over the fact that he lost every woman he ever loved in his life. He is a writer, and vents through his work.

In the Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator’s victim has a “vulture eye”. This man’s eye just bugs the life out of the narrator. The narrator himself says that the old man has never done anything to hurt him, “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult.” Just the fact that the old man has a unique eye he becomes the prey for the narrator, Poe states: “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! …whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold...”

The old man’s eye symbolizes the all scene eye, who is God. Poe made the contrast between the old man’s “vulture eye”, to God. Poe wanted to get back at God for taking away his loved ones. That is why he made the story so brutal. Since he could not get back at God in real life, he made a fictional story up to basically tell what he would do to God if he got the chance.

In the story the narrator carries out the murder and quickly hides the body. Poe was not insane or wrong for writing this bloody story; he knew no other way to let his emotions out. Poe felt as if God was punishing him by taking away his loved ones, so he wanted to make God feel the same pain. One could only imagine the pain and misery that Poe felt when all this took place. Any other person would have turned to violence or self-abuse. Putting all his feeling into one story may be...
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