The Tell Tale Heart Insanity

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator tries to prove his sanity to his audience but he is clearly is in a state of illusion. Although he tries to justify the murder of the old man by stating “For it was not the old man who vexed me, but his evil eye.” It was his break from reality that forces him to confess to his crime in the end. Sound repletion is the first illusion in which did not actually exist. “My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears, it continued and became more distinct,” which drove him insane. Not long after the beating first appearing he suspected it was the old man’s beating heart for it was “not within his ears.” As the noise proceeds to increase volume he is illusive that the officers hear it as…show more content…
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