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Poindexterbrown 1 Selena Poindexterbrown Prof. Merritt English 1302.32 21 March 2018 Poe and a Tale of Possible Truth Mental illness can be defined in various ways. The definition today, for the most part, is consistent and understanding that mental illness is diverse (and as prominent as a common cold) in this society. Centuries ago, that was not the case. Mental illness was questionable and viewed by most as a problem. To be "mad" is an umbrella term for anyone "not in their right mind" and many had suffered because of this view on mental illness. American writer Edgar Allan Poe, born in January 1809, is known for his dark, evocative writing on these matters that most writers of the time did not. Deemed as the father of modern detective writing, Poe was ahead of his time in literature. In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe creates a mysterious narrator who never reveals enough information about himself/herself, but spent the entire story proving sanity in an unreliable way and revealing their true (irrational) nature; evidently supporting the idea that mental illness is a theme of the short story and how it relates to Poe himself. Simply reading “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the reliability to believe the narrator’s claims of sanity is vague due to the scarce information given about the narrator. Other than the narrator
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