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Within 'The tell-tale heart' the author has to convince the reader that the main character is mad

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Within 'The tell-tale heart' the author has to convince the reader that the main character is mad. How do they do this? What is most effective? In this essay I will give details on the way the fictional character in 'The tell-tale heart' portrays his mad man image. The obvious signs of insanity can be; talking to your self, being in denial, being paranoid, hearing voices and seeing strange things. We will also see if these symptoms are similar with the main character in this short story Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston, Jan. 19, 1809, died Oct. 7, 1849 in Baltimore. He produced some of the most influential work of his time. His started his road to being well known with the book called Tamerlane (paid for at his own expense). Poe's parents, David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins, were touring actors. They both died before he was 3 years old, and he was taken into the home of John Allan, a merchant in Richmond. ...read more.


this is a sure sign that he thinks what he's doing is fine. The night he is about to proceed in murdering the old man he seems to be very pleased with himself, felling triumph full and exited 'Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers - of my sagacity. I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph.' This proves that to him the idea of killing a human is plausible. He also thinks it funny too 'I fairly chuckled at the idea'. The beginning of the story is where he is most in denial and confident that he is not mad or crazy in any way at all. He emphasises the point of him being normal by telling the reader repeatedly that he is not mad 'but why will you say I am mad?' by asking this question he has the reader intrigued, I say this because the path is written in the first paragraph, so the reader will not know what's going on. ...read more.


Poe has done well in creating the un-named characters image of a mad man. He does this by making the character show obvious signs of insanity, but does it with passion and skill. The entire story line is un-predictable and not boring at all, highly interesting. I say this because normally a story about murder would have clever, cunning and experienced murderer. Still the change is still intriguing and good. I have absolutely no doubt that this man is a mad man as all the evidence proves so. I couldn't relate to this type of behaviour on any term because I'm not mad, so I wouldn't be able to understand him or his behaviour. But there is one thing that could seem a reasonable reason for him to go out of his way to kill this old man. 'Matthew 18:9: if an eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you.' If he is a true Christian maybe he believes that this man is some type of demon, and so he wants to murder him. ?? ?? ?? ?? Courtney Harris 09/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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