The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (My Reaction Paper)

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Love, The Tell-Tale Heart Pages: 2 (929 words) Published: January 2, 2013
The Tell-Tale Heart, written by Edgar Allan Poe, is a first-person narrative. The title itself gives me the idea that it's a romantic story because most people have a mindset that if a story has a title with the word, heart or love in it, it's a love or romantic story. The title has given me imaginative pictures of a girl and a boy endlessly falling in love with each other despite the consequences they have to face. The story's title alone has given people the wrong idea about what would happen and how the story will flow. The main character in the story is insane. I say so because the first paragraph of the story states, "I heard all things in heaven and the earth. I heard many things in hell." I am humored by the statement because no normal person has the ability to hear things in heaven, in earth, and in hell. I conclude that the main character is a male through the way the character narrates how he feels towards the old man and the words he used in stating how he slowly killed the old man and why did he kill him. "Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I have no desire," this line in the second paragraph proves that the main character is the son of the old man because he said that he loved the old man and he has never heard any insult from him and the fact that the old trusts the main character for letting him live in his house together with him. "I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture --- a pale blue --- with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --- very gradually --- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever," says the main character. It was these words that pushed me to say that the only reason why the main character killed the old man is because of the old man's vulture eyes. The way those eyes lay on his skin just drives him crazy because the main...
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