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The short story can produce many different types of characters Usually these characters are faced with situations that give us an insight into their true character In the Tell Tale Heart a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe the narrator of the story is faced with a fear He is afraid of the Old Mans Eye The actions that this narrator performs in order to crush his fear can lead others to believe that he suffers from some sort of mental illness The very fact that this narrator is so repulsed by the old mans eye which he refers to as the evil eye is reason enough to be suspicious of his character The narrator has an inner struggle with the thought that the evil eye is watching him and an underlying feeling that the evil eye will see the real person that he has become This paranoia leads the narrator to believe that the only way he can put down his fears is to kill the old man It is said that denial is usually the sign of a problem If this holds true then the narrator has the characteristics of a madman In the first paragraph he asks but why will you say that I am mad 174 This statement can be looked upon as a statement made by someone going through a paranoid episode He talks as if he is in frenzy especially when he talks about hearing things in heaven and in hell The disease had sharpened my sensesAbove all was the sense of hearing acute I heard all things in the heavenI heard many things in hell 174 The disease that the narrator is talking about eats away at his conscience until I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever 174 The progression of the story revolves around the actions of the narrator He describes the
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