Over many generations physical flaws have been viewed and interpreted in many different ways. Some flaws are seen as normal human characteristics, where others believed that human flaws can have divine or evil powers and can have control over an individual. In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Tell Tale Heart, the narrator continuously try’s to prove his sanity even though he killed an old man he loved just because of his fear of the old mans physical flaw. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Birthmark the main character Alymer also obsesses over a physical flaw so much that it leads to the demise of his own wife. The message these authors are conveying through this story is that during the times of his writings, physical abnormalities had many different views and were handled differently.
Poe does a great job of showing how some physical flaws were perceived as evil in his time. The narrator starts the story saying how much he loves the old man and that he has no real motive for even murdering him. “He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye!” I believe that the narrator separated the vulture eye from the old man. The narrator was trying to convince the audience that it was not him that was evil but the eye was, and he was doing good by destroying it. The narrator was also stressing to the audience how the eye made him feel and how it forced him to murder. “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 for ever.” This shows that the narrator believed the eye had an evil power over him and had to get rid of it to keep his sanity. Since the only way to get rid of the eye was to kill the old man, he eventually gave into the guilt of the murder, which made him a victim of the madness he was trying to avoid.
Edger Allen Poe was one of the most famous writers ever, where most of his horror and mysterious short...
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