Need an argumentative essay on The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Needs to be 4 pages. Please no plagiarism.Download file to see previous pages…
Edger Allan Poe’s short story demonstrates the fact that a short story can produce a memorable effect on the reader. He believed that a good story should create an effect on the reader, by being truthful as well as thought provoking. This is exactly what ‘‘The Tell-Tale Heart’’ does. It evokes the emotions of the reader. It demonstrates the writer’s ability to expose the dark side of a man. Through out the story, the writer uses symbolism as well as diametrically opposing ideas, to establish the relationship between emotion and reality.
The story begins with the famous line, “True! — Nervous— very, very nervous I had been and am. but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them”. From the very beginning, the readers are made to wonder what the narrator wishes to convey. He is successful in making the reader emotional. The narrator tries to persuade the reader that his disease is not bad, and that it is under control. The narrator remains nameless throughout the story and feels convinced that he has done the right thing by killing a person. From this we can tell that the narrator is an unrealistic. The narrator thinks that he has removed the “evil eye” by killing the old man. The lines that follow bear the emotional stamp. “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-very gradually- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever”….
2). The narrator engages himself in monologues, off and on in the stroy. The disease that he talks about could be that of split personality, when dominates when an individual fails to translate his thoughts, actions, and emotions to reality. This also explains why the narrator converses with himself. From his dialogues, the reader can identify that a person’s perception can greatly affect his beliefs, and possibility create his own reality. In the story, the narrator believes himself to be sane, despite billing a person, for no reasons. The narrator is not thrilled by the crime that he commits, but he is just happy that he has got rid of the “evil eye”. This clearly shows that the narrator is not a sane person. Yet, the narrator is quite logical and reasonable ironically, way as he cannot distinguish between right and wrong. His main purpose is to get rid of the evil eye which he finds so overwhelming, the following lines bear expression to his sincere thoughts. “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. 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” .(Poe, 1850, para. 2). This is an interesting aspect, as human beings experience the emotion of love and hate simultaneously. The writer cleverly allows these two emotions separate from each other, by separating the old man and his eyes. Edgar Allen Poe uses symbolism to demonstrate further, the psychological concepts and emotional aspects in the story. The most obvious symbol is the eye which causes the old man his life. It also evokes fear, paranoia, and obsession in the narrator.
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