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The Tall Tale “Mind” Try to imagine the sight of an old man’s eye, “vulturous,” a pale dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the bones of anyone that laid eyes on it. Could this spectacle drive one’s self so insane that one would murder a man because of it? This is the event that occurs in Edgar Allen Poe's vivid tale "The Tell-Tale Heart", from the book The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings. The short story is based on a nameless and sexless narrator, for the purposes of the paper the narrator will be addressed as he, that in the entirety of the tale tries to convince the reader of his sanity by rationalizing an irrational decision. His murder was nearly flawless in execution, leaving not a trace of evidence, but resulting in the narrator’s insanity. This consequentially led to his guilty plea to the police. This gothic tale is what Poe is known for. He has reoccurring themes among his story that deal with questions of death. This is quite a parallel to his life which was full of mourning and melancholy. Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts in 1809 with one younger sister and one older brother. His father abandoned the family in 1810 and his mother died from tuberculosis a year later. Then he was taken in by a foster family, which the father physically abused Poe. He later moved out just to drop out of college due to substantial debt accumulated by tuition and fees, which resulted in him joining the military for money. This is where it is theorized he acquired the trauma of war which only further
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2008 for the course ENG 121 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '08 term at Front Range Community College.

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