against charges of insanity. He believes that a precise description of his murder of the old man will establish his reliability as a sane narrator. In other words, he trusts in the intimate connection between form and content, but he never understands that the murderous content of his confession can make the clearness of his form irrelevant. He is unable to perceive that by admitting his irrational fixation on a vulture-eye, he reveals his own mental pathology
“The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”
Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” deals with a man’s mental deterioration and decent into madness. The story focuses on the narrator and his crazy obsession. The story is told from the first person point of view. So the reader is able to know what the narrator thinks and sees. The narrator reveals his insanity through his obsessions. The narrator’s obsessions include obsessions with the old man’s eye, beating heart and his own sanity.
The story is about the narrator who for eight consecutive nights goes to the bedroom of an old man. He stands at the door and watches the man sleep with a single ray of light pointing to the old man’s pale blue film covered evil eye. On the eighth night the man believes he hears something in his room and sits up on his bed with his evil eye open and racing heartbeat consumes the narrator and he races to the bed and suffocates the old man. After the murder the narrator dismembers the body and buries the old man in the floorboards. The murder of the old man explains the extent to which the narrator separates the old man’s identity from his physical eye. The narrator sees the eye as absolutely separate from the man, and as a result, he is capable of murdering him while maintaining that he loves him. As the story goes on, the narrator expresses that he is not mad but he is really trying to prove to himself that he is not crazy. The narrator also has an unusual obsession with the old man’s eye. The idea of the “evil...