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What is insanity Stephen King a renowned writer of horror books said in his short story Why we Crave Horror Movies I think that were all mentally ill those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better and maybe not all that much better after all Madness or mental illness is a prominent theme in both Lamb to the Slaughter a short story by Roald Dahl and in Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe The insanity leads to murders in both short stories and unjustified murders at that Both protagonists commit murders as a result of their madness Mary kills her husband in the heat of the moment after her husband notifies her he is leaving her pregnant and jobless The protagonist in Tell-Tale Heart kills his neighbour an old man with an eye that the protagonist finds most unpleasant and made his blood run cold every time he looks at it Poes Tell-Tale Heart and Dahls Lamb to the Slaughter reveal the state of mind of the characterMary from Lamb to the Slaughter and the nameless narrator from Tell-Tal Heart both have a mental illness that allows them to justify murder Mary is a manipulative sociopath who feels no remorse after murdering her husband She has no difficulty lying to police to establish her innocence and in fact lies very convincingly typical of a sociopath The narrator at the beginning of the story acknowledges he has a disease which makes his senses especially his hearing very sensitive and to prove he isnt insane the narrator tells this story This disease the narrator has is paranoid schizophrenic which is as excessive concern about ones own well-being like the narrator and the evil eye also people with paranoia tend to believe that they have super sensitive hearing They hearinanimate objecttaking to them or voices that dont exist that would be the beating heart of the old man buried underneath the floorboards
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