HUMN 3093 4

HUMN 3093 4 - February 19, 2008 HUMN 3093 Response 4...

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February 19, 2008 HUMN 3093 Response 4 “The Telltale Heart”: Insanity and the Art of Confession Poe’s short story “The Telltale Heart,” is a clear look at the struggles of an individual who has gone mad. Told in the first-person point of view, the reader is able to see that the psyche is a very delicate balance of good and evil. The narrator opens the tale by confessing his (for the sake of this paper, I will be referring to the unnamed narrator as a male, though Poe never alludes to a specific sex) sanity, in the acts, which he has recently committed; however, the reader is quickly able to surmise that this individual is anything but sane. Since the story opens in medias res, the reader is left in the dark regarding the events leading up to the murderer’s deranged state. From the narrator’s point of view however, we learn that he has acquired an illness that has heightened his senses: "Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heavens and in the earth. I
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