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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe Analysis

“I think it was his eye! yes, it was this!”

Edgar Allan Poe

The following paper analyzes the aspect of psychopathic killing through a classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1843, centuries ago. The story revolves around an anonymous narrator who is endeavoring to affirm his sanity while concurrently ascribing that he has committed a murder.

The story originated in a vintage era when murder and other crimes were considered evil and dark practices. However, in the modern day, it becomes evident that most killers undergo some psychotic factors that, in turn, evoke them to commit horrible felonies, including killing. Likewise, Poe entices particular attributes that are interconnected with psychopathic killings and crimes even in contemporary conscience.

The symptoms of schizophrenia are evident throughout the story; take the instance of referential delusions the killer encountered that, in turn, made him feel that everyone was talking and referring to him. He keeps saying that “they heard, they suspected, they knew, they were making the mockery of my horror.” (Poe, 67) furthermore, in the story, the killer demonstrates catatonic behavior as, at times he becomes still “For a whole hour I did not move a muscle” (Poe, 65) and at one moment he becomes ultra hyper “I stood up and walked quickly around the room.” (Poe, 67) All these symptoms were not as explored as any psychotic disorder in old times, but in the modern epoch, science has made progress in a myriad of disciplines. Therefore, now it is easier to decipher one’s abnormal traits. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a macabre story that is intelligently executed by Poe and gives an advanced insight into the killers’ motives as well as their psychopathic condition.

Work Cited

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Tell-Tale Heart. Discis, 1994.



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