Tell-Tale Heart Insanity

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Is the narrator from the short story Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe insane? This particular question might receive different feedback. In order to properly assess the state of mind of the main character from this story, the term insanity must be defined. At the legal level, insanity refers to the inability for an individual to separate real life from fictional events. For example, a person with schizophrenia, who has delusional thoughts might quality to be recognized as legally insane. Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a chilling tale about a man that murders an old man. In the beginning of the story the narrator notes that he suffers from a disease, to which he attempts throughout the story to lead the readers to believe that it only has improved his senses; therefore…show more content…
He continues on to disclosing the motive behind the murder he committed. According to the perpetrator, he was fond of the person he was about to murder, but it was because of an evil eye that the victim carried that led for the narrator to start plotting the crime. In the middle of the story, the narrator recounts how he plotted the ominous event, and finally completed his mission of subduing the old man. At the end of the story the narrator receives a visit from the police. He starts by believing that he could fool them into believing that no foul play has happened at his residence, but his own mind leads him to confess his wrongdoings to the law. Throughout the story there is no doubt that the narrator is guilty of committing the crime, the question that still ponders is the sanity behind this man’s
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