Examples Of Guilt In The Tell Tale Heart

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Guilt vs. Conscious “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe deals with many themes but one of them especially involves guilt vs. conscious. The narrator tells the audience with in the first paragraph that he will be telling a story to prove how calm and sane he is. Just to be clear guilt is feeling remorseful because of something you did wrong. Your conscious is when your being aware of a situation and choosing the moral path. However the narrator does not care 100% percent about convince the readers he is sane, more so trying to convince himself what he did was the right thing so the guilt wouldn’t eat him alive. As the narrator tells his story, we find out the narrator takes care of an old man who he loves. The old man had an eye and the other eye which is fake, seems to be disturbing the narrator. Or as he describes it “ I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture -- a pale blue eye with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold, and so by degrees, very gradually, I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever.” At this point early on the narrator has planned and made up his mind that he will be…show more content…
Now that he committed murder and the police was there. The narrator began feeling pale and had a headache. There was a constant ringing in his ears and it grew louder. He kept pacing back and forth talking to himself wondering what was the noise. He even thought the officers heard the same noise and that they knew what he had done. The smiled at him and the sound kept getting louder and so it couldn’t take it anymore. He tore up the floor planks and admitted that he killed the old man and the sound he was hearing was the beating of the old mans
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