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In the short story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe the main theme is portrayed by the narrator and how he is unreliable and insane no matter how hard he tries to prove to the audience that he is not One of the most important aspects of narrative is person which often determines the perspective from which a story is told A first-person narrative involves the main character telling a story from his own perspective The narrator starts the story by explaining to the reader that he is not mad but sane he believes that his killing is like methodical With these sick plans it is amazing how the author makes the narrator so sick twisted and unreliable It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I might not disturb the old mans sleepEAP p197 For one thing his reason for committing the murder is neither for money nor for a passion for killing but rather because he feared the old mans pale blue eyes For his gold I had no desire I think it was his eye Yes it was this this He had the eye of a vulture-a pale blue eye with a film over itp197 Even after this he does not believe he is crazy Clearly to the audience this character is flawed with insanity By obsessively checking up on the old man in his apartment late at night the intensity of his fear and anger grow until he decides one day that he must end the old mans life While making his usual checking up on the old man the former wakes up and shrieks in fear knowing that there is someone in the room with him Staying perfectly still the narrator observes that this old man is very fearful and stays up thinking about it Also keeping him up is what he believes is the loud terrified heartbeat of
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