Insanity In 'The Tell-Tale Heart'

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Introduction Madness is a dominant theme in Gothic literature. However, as Snodgrass (2005) reveals, the theme of madness as evident in Gothic narratives was not invented by gothic. According to Six (2010), the uncertain subjective states dominated by fantasy, hallucination and madness are mostly associated with the evolution of the gothic model in the 19th century. It is thus not surprising that the theme of incarceration predominant in the 18th century ought to be associated with madness regardless of the fact that the mode developed in the nineteenth. Without a doubt, madness is a common justification for imprisonment in Gothic narratives for instance “The Yellow Wall-Paper” where madness is often presented as genuine and the confinement…show more content…
In most cases, heroes in Gothic tales are hampered with distance of the heroines such that they fall into depression and dissipation. Gothic assessments of madness are consistent with the nature of gothic meaning. This is because in certain texts, some characters are viewed with sympathy while other are viewed as special types of villains such as the mad scientists. With repression and preoccupation from Gothic, madness has been deemed as a very important element of gothic tales. For instance, the “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Poe narrates how a man hides the body of the person he murdered (Dunn, Espinosa & Poe, 2010). The naïve narrative voice is not only funny but also portrays aspects of madness. “You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded” Chesla, Davis, & Research and Education Association, 2006 p.70). It is evident that this statement entreats the audience to view the author as a mad person. Modern authors have also embraced the tradition of madness. For instance, the American serial drama, “Twin Peaks” created by David Lynch and Mark Frost is not only humorous but also brings about instances of insane acts where one of the characters acts like a mad woman by always carrying a log. The movie makes its apparent that such acts are
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