Tell Tale Heart Analysis Essay

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Logan Brantley Mrs. Wright CPC3 23 October 2013 Gothic Literary Analysis of Poe’s short story "Tell Tale Heart" is a story written by Edgar Allan Poe. The story starts off by explaining to the reader that the unnamed narrator is not insane. The narrator says that he his going to tell a story that proves he is not insane. The narrator had a fear of the old man's blue vulture eye, and that is the statement he uses to justify why he murdered the old man. The "Tell Tale Heart" has a very distinctive symbol, which is the old man’s ‘vulture’ eye. The unnamed narrator despises the old man's eye. The narrator gets the idea that the old man is looking at him with his evil eye. The narrator says, “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 forever.”(Poe 92). He wants to get rid of the eye to spare the old man from evil. The eye symbolizes the old man's identity, that the eye cannot simply be removed without killing the old man. The "Tell Tale Heart" is a…show more content…
When he invited people into his palace for his ball, he ironically invited death. Death, in the form of the plague, was disguised as a masked figure. While the Prince felt like he could keep the plague away, ironically the plague ended up standing right in front of him, which lead to his own demise. For example, “He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, have attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer. There was a sharp cry--and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in the death the Prince Prospero.”(Poe

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