Edgar Allan Poe: The Insanity Of A Mad Man

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Raul Molina Nieves Prof. Daysha Pinto English 3104 7 August 2015 The brilliant sanity behind a struggling mad man. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” (Allan Poe Edgar) When this man began to write short stories and poetry everyone thought he truly was insane and I can see why, his stories are suspenseful, dramatic and plane scary. A tell-tale heart is a good example of that. The story is about a man, the narrator and protagonist, who lives with an old man that has a cloudy blue eye that makes the narrators spine tingle. From that point on the narrator, who claims to be irrefutably sane, decides to kill the old man. But professionals say that denial is the first stage of insanity. The story begins and almost instantly…show more content…
Not much is said psychologically about the old man, he is described more physically. One can assume that because of his age his body is weak and vulnerable which is why the narrator disposed of him quite easily. All he did was watch him when he slept to try and catch a glimpse of his eye. “But I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.” (Narrator) All he wanted was to attack the eye, not the old man. The only problem with his master plan was that the only way he would “do the work” was if the eye was visible and for the eye to be open the old man had to be awake, that’s why when he finally made his move, the old man uttered a shriek that the neighbors heard and alerted the…show more content…
His method was a little unorthodox to say the least and once again it proves that his constant denial of his insanity. “If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye -- not even his --could have detected anything wrong. There was nothing to wash out --no stain of any kind --no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all --ha! ha!” (Narrator) The whole sequence of how he explained his procedure is very disturbing, plus the procedure itself is horrifically inhuman. The guy has completely gone

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