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Throughout history short stories have been used to convey ideas about morality For example Aesops fables have often used animals and symbols to communicate and teach lessons that apply universally to humanity Similar to this Edgar Allan Poes The Tell-Tale Heart is a prime example of a parable used to express the dangers of a guilty conscience at an extreme degreeThere are many elements to The Tell-Tale Heart that make it a story of moral teaching The narrator in this short story is nameless as well as the old man the police officers and neighbor The intentional ambiguity here creates a lack of ownership of the story thus allowing anybody to take on the role of the madman The lesson of morality can be applied to everyone Additionally the many confusing and unreliable remarks made by the narrator force the reader to have their own point of view about what kind of morality Poe is trying to communicate The eye may be symbolic of a wrongdoing or a secret that is haunting the narrators conscience The narrator establishes the hatred towards the old mans eye early on in the story The narrator emphasizes the fact that it is strictly the eye that he hates not the old man The eye is described as being a pale blue with a film over it Poe 715 The eye is concealed and unable to be seen just as a secret may be It is obscured and not fully revealed just as the truth is not with a secret The eye is characterized as that of a vulture Poe 715 716 throughout the story Vultures feed on the weak dying or already dead creatures The narrator may feel that he is being preyed on by this eye which is also the secret This secret is preying on him and perhaps this secret will be the death of himWhen the narrator is able to see the eye it makes him
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