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Psychotic Strategies Essay

  • Submitted by: jasmine42595
  • on September 20, 2012
  • Category: English
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Jasmine De La Cruz
Professor Wolfe Markham
English Comp II
30 August 2012
Psychotic Strategies
In Edgar Allan Poe's story, " The Tell-Tale Heart", it is obvious that the narrator
of this story is paranoid and consciously corroding. The reader understands that there is
reasoning as to why the narrator wanted the old man dead, other than his "Evil Eye".
Through Poe's use of literary devices, such as, irony, symbolism, and imagery, the reader
is able to understand the narrator's ultimate insanity.
It is ironic how the narrator keeps repeating that he is not ma. He tries to prove
his sanity by staying calm, but in the end he gets consumed by his own unconscious and
confesses his own deed. "The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them. I
was singularly at ease"(41). The narrator successfully convinces the police he is
innocent, but the fact that the narrator is mad reveals the truth in the end. The narrator's
obsession over the old man's eye is also ironic. The narrator didn't have any other reason
to kill this man, other than his eye. " I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He
had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire."(39) The narrator had no anger
towards this old man. "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-- a pale blue eye, with

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a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran

cold; and so by degrees-- very gradually-- I made up my mid to take the life of the old
man"(39). As a reader all we know is that the man's blue eyes bothered the narrator,
so the narrator used the obsessive concern as a motive to take care of the problem.The
narrator's feelings towards the old man's blue eyes were powerful enough to lead him to
his complete insanity and murdering the innocent, old man. Poe also coveys irony in his
short story when the narrator claimed that the week before he killed the old man, he was
the nicest that he has ever been towards him. The narrator shows...

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