This was an assignment for my English class.
In a sense, the narrator is worse than a beast; only a human being could so completely terrorize his victim before finally killing it, as, for example, the narrator deliberately terrorizes the old man before killing him.
The story begins with the narrator admitting that he is a "very dreadfully nervous" type. His sensitivities allow him to hear and sense things in heaven, hell, and on earth that other people are not even aware of. Ironically, the narrator offers as proof of his sanity the calmness with which he can narrate the story.
The story begins boldly and unexpectedly: Even though he knows that we, the readers, might consider him mad for this decision, yet he plans to prove his sanity by showing how "wisely" and with what extreme precaution, foresight, and dissimulation he executed his deeds.
It would sometimes take him an hour to go that far — "would a madman have been so wise as this? For seven nights, he opened the door ever so cautiously, then when he was just inside, he opened his lantern just enough so that one small ray of light would cast its tiny ray upon "the vulture eye. On the eighth night, he decided it was now the time to commit the deed.
When he says "I fairly chuckled at the idea," we know that we are indeed dealing with a highly disturbed personality — despite the fact that he seems to present his story very coherently. Furthermore, as in works like "The Cask of Amontillado," the moans of the victim heighten the terror of the story.
But he warns the reader not to mistake his "over-acuteness of the senses" for madness because he says that suddenly there came to his ears "a low, dull, quick sound": The question is, obviously, whose heart does he hear?
We all know that in moments of stress and fright our own heartbeat increases so rapidly that we feel every beat.
Consequently, from the psychological point of view, the narrator thinks that he is hearing his own increased heartbeat. As he waits, the heartbeat which he heard excited him to uncontrollable terror, for the heart seemed to be "beating.
Thus, the time had come. He dragged the old man to the floor, pulled the mattress over him and slowly the muffled sound of the heart ceased to beat. The old man was dead — "his eye would trouble me no more. First, he dismembered the old man, and afterward there was not a spot of blood anywhere: Likewise, the delight he takes in dismembering the old man is an act of extreme abnormality.
As he surveyed his work, the door bell rang at 4 A. The police were there to investigate some shrieks. To the reader, this is an unexpected turn of events, but in such tales, the unexpected becomes the normal; see the section on "Edgar Allan Poe and Romanticism.The protagonist of the "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a classic example of Poe's unreliable narrator, a man who cannot be trusted to tell the objective truth of what is occurring.
His unreliability becomes immediately evident in the first paragraph of the story, when he insists on his clarity of mind and attributes any signs of madness to his nervousness and oversensitivity, particularly in the area of hearing. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories - Edgar Allan Poe (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online for free.4/4(4).
The Tell Tale Heart with an Alternate Ending (book) by Phoebe Hawthorne. The classic tale by Edgar Allen Poe with a different and alternate ending. The Tell-Tale Heart Essays and Criticism True, "The Tell-Tale Heart" could have been recounted from an alternative perspective, that of an omniscient third-person narrator, for example.
My reading teacher had us write an alternate ending for the tell tale heart. I liked mine so I decided to share it. I don't own anything Edgar Allen Poe related. “The Tell-Tale Heart” () Summary An unnamed narrator opens the story by addressing the reader and claiming that he is nervous but not mad.
He says that he is going to tell a story in which he will defend his sanity yet confess to having killed an old man. His motivation was neither passion nor [ ].