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Posistion Paper - The Tell-Tale Heart Interperative or Escapist Human nature is a delicate balance between good and evil Most of the time there is an unknown balance and the evil is subdued however when there is a shift for whatever reason the dark or evil side of human nature can surface In Edgar Allan Poes The Tell-Tale Heart readers come across a man whose blood runs cold because of an old mans evil eye It is this irrational fear which evokes the narrators dark side and eventually leads to murder The author utilizes the Tell-Tale Heart to convey the nature of life and how one can stray into insanity The author combines this theme of human nature with subtle irony to create a horror story which is clearly an interpretive type of writing The Tell-Tale Heart first starts off with the narrator denying his insanity You fancy me mad Madmen know nothing But you should have seen me You should have seen how wisely I proceeded The narrator is trying a great deal to prove his sanity to the readers however the irony of this is that the narrator is trying so hard to convince readers but in reality is creating a feeling of insanity and hysteria to be seen in the narrator The narrator states very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I am mad The disease has sharpened my senses--not destroyed--not dulled them This disease is not in reality a disease of sharpened senses but a disease of a severe case of nervousness which causes the narrator to hear and do irrational things Before the narrator murders the old man he starts to hear the old mans heartbeat I knew that sound well too It was the beating of the old mans heartIt increased my fury This heart beat is caused due to the narrators nervousness He
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