FINAL - THE TELL-TALE HEART 'The Tell Tale Heart' is a...

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THE TELL-TALE HEART 'The Tell Tale Heart' is a story about a man who killed an old man just because he didn't like the way his eyes looked like. The main character speaks about madness as being a gift and not a kid of disability for example in lines 2 - 4 he says: ' but why would you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them'. This person is trying to persuade us that the disease isn't bad. The mad man killed the old man and then cut him up and put him under the floorboards of the house. In 'The Tell Tale Heart' the main character remains nameless, genderless, and ageless, he thinks that he has done the right thing by killing the old man and that he got rid of the 'evil eye'. The main character is very confident about what he has done and think that he had a very good reason for killing the old man which was, he didn't like the way his eyes looked and because he thought that the one eye was evil. We can see evidence of that in lines 10 - 14 where he says: 'I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-very gradually- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever.' In my opinion I think that this is a no good reason for killing a human being it's like me killing someone because they have ginger hair or freckles. The character in 'The Tell Tale Heart' had a lot of conversations throughout the story but all the conversations were to him. The disease he talked about could be split personality or even schizophrenia, which is when a person cannot relate their thoughts, or emotions to reality; this would explain why the madman talks to himself. The things that the character talked about were very strange. He talked about how every night at midnight for the last week he came to check on the old man to see the 'evil eye' and to look up on the old man. The character talked about how cautiously he opened the door so the old man wouldn't hear him. He would open the door 'just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye'-as in lines 29 - 31. In 'The Tell Tale Heart' the main can hear and see a few strange things. The character sees the old mans eye as evil. This, maybe, is not unusual because the old man could be looking at the character in a strange way and by looking that way at him the character may think that the old man has an 'evil eye'. After he has murdered the old man and when he is sitting down in the room where the old man is dead under the floorboards chatting with the police he all of a sudden starts to hear a heartbeat, which is getting louder, louder and louder. This heartbeat may represent the characters guilty conscience and shows us that the character is actually nervous about what he has done. However it's those mad people don't have a conscience, and so this may support the characters argument about not being mad, but on the other hand hearing a heartbeat that no one else can hear is a little bit strange and points out that he might be mad. So the heartbeat is the key
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course MANAGEMENT 101 taught by Professor Nguyen during the Spring '11 term at Troy.

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