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The Underlying Madness in Poes The Tell Tale Heart The TellTale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe begins with a man attempting to prove his sanity In all actuality this attempt reveals his madness True Nervous very very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I am madPoe 132 This story shows Poes underlying desires to kill his true madness and thoughts of revenge To understand the true madness behind The Tell Tale Heart you must first understand the life of Edgar Allan Poe He was born on January 19th 1809 in Boston Massachusetts Poes parents were David Poe an actor and Elizabeth Arnold Poe an actress Poe was cursed upon birth Shortly after his birth his father abandoned the family and left Poe and his mother to fend for themselves Not long after that the cruel hands of fate struck Poe again by claiming his mother In 1911 when Poe was a mere two-year-old his mother passed away leaving him with his second loss of a loved one After his fathers disappearance and his mothers death Poe was sent to live with his godfather John Allan John Allan was a wealthy merchant based in Richmond Virginia He was wealthy and could provide a good life for Poe In 1815 Poe and his new family moved to England to provide Poe with an education They returned from England in 1826 and Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia Here Poe was involved in immoral acts of gambling and drinking He developed gambling debts which caused friction between him and his father After eleven months at the University Poe dropped out due to his debts but mostly for John Allans refusal to pay for them When he returned home he was invited to a party being thrown by his sweetheart before college Sarah Elmira Royster While at the party he realized it was her engagement party this was a
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