How Does Poe Use Sounds to Demonstrate Madness of the Protagonist

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How does Poe use sounds and sight to demonstrate the Narrator’s madness?

This story is narrated by the main character, who is clearly insane. This is shown by Edgar Allan Poe throughout the story by using the narrator’s acute and distorted senses. The narrator starts by claiming he is not mad because he executes plans in an orderly manner, however, the reason to kill the man is ridiculous, he claims “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it, whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold.” which also demonstrates how the author, turns a simple image into something that deeply troubles the narrator, when in reality there is no reason or threat at all, which demonstrates the irrational fear the narrator has. In addition, he claims he is not mad because his senses are stronger and he now hears all the sounds in “heaven and in earth. I heard many things in hell” Which is impossible and irrelevant to his “sane” plan. Furthermore, Edgar Allan Poe displays an inner conflict of guilt, which any human would have but in the case of the narrator, it manifests as non existent sounds, almost like in a schizophrenic manner. The narrator obviously imagines the sounds of the heart as he has killed the old man, which demonstrates his mental health is in such bad state, that his emotions manifest into sounds that cannot possibly be real “ Yet the sound increased –and what could I do It was a low, dull, quick sound. . . .” This, along with the repetition and short sentences used in the final moments to describe the sounds “Louder! Louder! louder!” show an anxious, unstable, weak, unpredictable and insane character.

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