Dementia

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Julie King

February 19, 2014

Dementia

Have you ever thought about hurting someone? Maybe there were something about that person which drove you to hate them and their disfigurement, and you want to harm them. Have you ever felt like taking a life, or the guilt that follows such a horrible act? The narrator in “The Tell Tale Heart” has felt all of these feelings. The narrator in “The Tell Tale Heart” is psychotic. He shows us his insecurity because he wants to kill the old man just because of his malformed eye. He thinks it is alright to kill the old man and because he believes he is right, he thinks killing the old man is a stable and rational thing to do. In the end, his mental illnesses drive him to his confession of this awful act. In the "Tell-Tale Heart", Edgar Allan Poe uses irony, imagery, and symbolism to describe how psychotic, frighteningly, and twisted mind this narrator really is. First, irony the narrator confesses how sane he is; he is exhibiting his insanity as he describes his actions and motives for the murder (Edgar, Poe). Secondly, irony in the story is that the narrator/murderer refers to how he loves the old man and quote, “I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I kill him’’(Poe). Its irony that he loves the guy but he systematically plans to kill him. Lastly, an irony of this short story is that shortly after the narrator kills the old man and hides his heart underneath the

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floorboard, the police arrive, while talking to them he begins to hear beating, and he eventually breaks and confess to killing the man (Poe). The killer believes that he hear the old man heart beat underneath the floorboard, he reveals his…...

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