Date of publication: 2017-09-02 22:28
Edgar Allan Poe's gothic horror story, The Tell-Tale heart , illustrates how obsession can turn into madness and lead to the destruction of its victim and others.
‘The story of “The Tell Tale Heart" requires the audience to trust the account of an unreliable narrator.’ How far do you believe this to be the case?’
An exploration of the bizarre movements of the narrator would help to indicate his heightened consciousness and awareness, and may be called upon to support a claim that he is so precise in his actions and observations that his account is intensely precise. A possible question for debate and analysis could be the following:
Although the narrator is aware that this rationalization seems to indicate his insanity, he explains that he cannot be mad because instead of being foolish about his desires, he went about murdering the old man with caution and foresight. In the week before the murder, the narrator is very kind to the old man, and every night around midnight, he sneaks into the old man s room and cautiously shines a lantern onto the man s eye. However, because the eye is always closed and the narrator wishes to rid himself of the eye rather than the man, the narrator never tries to kill him, and the next morning, he again enters the chamber and cheerfully asks how the old man has slept, in order to avoid suspicion.
Thesis Statement: Edgar Allen Poe demonstrates how a person’s inner turmoil and fear can drive him insane through illustrative language, perplexing characters and an intricate plot.
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