The Tell-Tale Heart

Topics: Narrative, Kill, Narrative mode Pages: 1 (711 words) Published: October 28, 2014

The-Tell Heart
Person characteristic of the main character
The main character is a man, who seems to be a butler for an old man. He is a least taking care of the old man. Even though he loves the old man and the old man never have caused him any harm, he needs to kill him. “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this!“ The main character means that the old mans eye is cursed or evil and it makes him feel very uncomfortable “He had the eye of a vulture – a pale blue eye, with film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold;“ He reveals fast that he actually already killed the man, even though it seems like that is just justifying his needs to kill the man “(P. 155, L. 6-7: I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him)”. “(P. 155, L. 1-2: “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)”. The main character is a very patient man, in eight nights in a row he stood in the old mans doorway to spy on him. (P. 155, L. 16-19“I undid the lantern cautiously – oh, so cautiously – cautiously. I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights – every night just at midnight)”. He needed to find the right moment so he could kill the old man. (P. 155, L. 20-21: but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for is was not the old man who vexed me; but his Evil Eye)” Through the whole story the main character tries to convince us that he is not mad and justify his action and the killing of the old man. (P. 154, L. 5-6: “How, then, am I mad? Hearken! And observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story)”. “(P.157, L. 9-10: If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment...
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