The Tell Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Grammatical person, The Tell-Tale Heart Pages: 2 (693 words) Published: December 16, 2010
A human being contains a lot of qualities. Like feelings which is a very big part of a human. We can feel happiness, sorrow, anger but we can also feel the conscience and the guilt. Anger can result in bad behavior and bad behavior can result in the feeling of guilt. No matter what we humans feel, it will always lead to a result of something.

The horror story “The tell-tale heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a psychological thriller, which is told from a first person perspective and written as a monologue. The narrator, who is also the protagonist, tries to makes clear that he is not a mad man in the beginning of the story. “I heard many things in hell, how then, am I mad? Hearken! And observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” According to him, there is a logical explanation for why he is not a mad man.

Then the story begins with how the protagonist lived with an old man and became obsessed with his blue eyes, how he starts to make a plan to kill and how he ended up killing the old man. “Mad men know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded – with what caution – with what foresight – with what dissimulation I went to work!” The protagonist talks about how intelligent he is because every little detail was considered. He does not mean that a mad man would have acted so patiently and proper, which is a reason for why he is not a mad man, because “mad men know nothing”. Even after he had killed the man, he thinks he is clever. He never regrets the murder while he is in the situation. “If you still think me wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body (…) I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. (…) I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye – not even his – could have detected anything wrong. ” The protagonist is so calm and he knows what he is doing but would an intelligent man have acted this way? The protagonist can by the end of the story...
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