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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe deals with a mans mental deterioration and his descent into madness The story focuses on the narrator and his obsessions It is told from a first person point of view by the protagonist himself The point of view of the story is important because the reader only has one side of the story to work with Therefore the reader only knows what the narrator thinks and sees This complicates things in deciding why the narrator goes insane However the narrator does reveal his insanity and he reveals it through his obsessions The narrators obsessions include his obsessions with his own sanity the old mans evil eye and the old mans beating heart The Tell-Tale Heart is a story about a man in this case the narrator who for eight consecutive nights goes to the bedroom of another man He stands at the door watching the man sleep with a single ray of light pointing directly at the sleeping mans eye an evil eye according to the narrator On the eighth night the man is sitting up in bed with his eye open and the narrator consumed by the evil eye and the sound of the mans beating heart races into the room and kills the man in his bed After the murder the narrator dismembers the body and buries the old man under his floor As the story progresses the narrator continually expresses that he is not mad The way that he says this leads the reader to believe that the narrator is trying to convince him or her that he is not insane However he is really trying to convince himself that he is not mad For instance the narrator at one point simply says If still you think me mad you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body First of all I dismembered the
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