December 17, 2017
Edgar Allen Poe is an author who can really submerge the mind into à story, but “The Tell-Tale Heart” is one unlike the others. “The Tell-Tale Heart” was first published on January 1, 1843 and is one of the many Gothic story’s written by Edgar Allen Poe, like “The Cask of Amontillado” “The Mask of the Red Death” and “The Raven”. The majority of these books revolve around the theme of death or darkness and all have a dark and depressing atmosphere that really pulls the mind into the story. Sir Poe lost his parents at à young age of tuberculosis. Later on, he loses his foster mother, Frances Allan, then his brother and Finally his wife and cousin die, Virginia Clemm. Sir Poe was inspired by the deaths of the many women he loved to write the story. Much like the story “The Cask of Amontillado” where Montresor sentences his former friend Fortunato to his death, the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” killed the old man that was described as having à vulture’s eye that very much bothered the main character. The short story had many creepy and gruesome events such as the dismemberment of the old man that profoundly explore the depths of madness.
Initially, the story begins with à narrator who seems to be confessing something while repeatedly calming not being mad. However, soon after, the narrator says he killed an old man because of his vulture eye which made him feel nervous. For that exact reason, the narrator snuck into the old man’s house every night at exactly midnight for eight nights. But, on the eighth night when the old man was up for the first time during that time, the narrator crept up close enough to him to kill the old man and dismembered him. Furthermore, the narrator then hid the body parts under the floor planks. Nevertheless, when two police officers went to investigate the house the killer kept calm and convinced the officers that nothing was wrong. Although the officers were convinced the madman started to go mad, thinking that he heard the heart beating, which led to his nervous breaking down and he revealed the body to the cops.
First of all, the motif of the story seems to be the physiological handling of time. throughout the story, the narrator is obsessed with time and seems to use that as à defense against being mad. Nevertheless