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In The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe revolves the story around a raving individual and the object in which he obsesses over This theme of insanity is progressed throughout the entire story by Poes style of gothic writing Gothic-style writing is defined by using these elements abnormal psychological behavior creating a gloomy or threatening atmosphere connections between the setting and its characters thought processes or behavior and supernatural components Poes usage of these gothic elements builds up the central theme in the The Tell-Tale Heart Poes major element of gothic literature which establishes the main theme of insanity is the use of abnormal psychological behavior The narrator proves his insanity at the very beginning by ranting about his nervousness and states his fear that the reader will assume he is mad How then am I mad Hearken And observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story The Gold-Bug and other tales pg 74 The mere fact that he is afraid of being thought of as a madman does not prove that his psyche is abnormal Poe manifests the narrators insanity by having him state that his preconceived murder has no purpose It haunted me day and night Object there was none Passion there was none GB pg 74 The reader can see the narrators madness again after he divulges his plan to the reader stating Ha--would a madman have been so wise as this GB pg 74 Eventually the narrators mind gets the best of him and he kills the old man but afterwards his attitude is down right odd and sadistic In an instant I dragged him to the floor and pulled the heavy bed over him I smiled gaily to find the deed so far done GB pg 76 By having the narrator smile after killing the old man Poe creates a picture of a raving lunatic in the readers mind As the plot heightens so does the narrators dementia
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