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Edgar Allan Poe is revered as one of the most brilliant American short story writers in history He wrote stories that capture the depths of the human mind and descend into the mentality of the severely deranged as seen in Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado Poe tells these stories from the first person perspective allowing the reader to witness the mental process the characters follow The reader knows only the reality of the narrator who is able to reason through his trials In the Pit and the Pendulum Poe shows a situation and tells a story depicting the retreat from reality due to severe cruelty In this story Poe studies a different angle of the mind and the conditions it endures In each of Poes stories he illustrates the alternate realm of thought descended into by the narrator to illustrate the ability of the mind to create logic in order to fulfill its desires The Tell-Tale Heart is a monologue of the narrators thoughts as he proceeds with the killing of a defenseless man The narrator proclaims his sanity several times at the beginning of the story He says You fancy me mad Madmen know nothing But you should have seen me You should have seen how wisely I proceededPoe 107 Poe allows the reader to study a sadistic mind by allowing the narrator to relay his idea of sanity He tells the story and seems to brag about his murderous escapade The author has created an element of hysteria and turmoil within the character He is in agony and torment because he is torn between his moral standards and the morals of society The reader is able to venture into the mind of the character The death of the old man is carefully planned and then is carried out with impeccable care However the main character is driven to his demise by his own guilt Poe shows the ability
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