“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 murdering and other crimes were considered as evil and dark practices. However, in modern day it becomes evident that most of the 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 killer encountered that in turn made him feel that everyone is 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 killer demonstrates a catatonic behavior as at a time 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 such explored as any psychotic disorder in old times but in modern epoch science has made progression in a myriad of disciplines, and 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 advance insight of killers’ motive as well as psychopathic condition.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Tell-Tale Heart. Discis, 1994.