Tell-Tale Heart Argumentative Essay

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No one knows what drove the narrator to insanity. In the beginning of the story, the narrator states he loved the old man, and that the old man “never wronged him”. Without any reasoning the narrator took the man’s life in a few swift moves. What is the man’s mental state?

The narrator committed one of the worst yet unfortunately common crimes which is, murder. “I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him.” This quote from the short story “Tell-Tale Heart” proves the actions he did to stop the heartbeat of the old man and so he wouldn’t have to see that pale blue eye, which vexed the narrator.

Everyone has a motive for their actions. The narrator’s motive to killing the man was his, “he had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye with a flim over it” as the narrator described. I truly think the he is insane and isn’t in the correct state of mind. “I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.” If he wasn’t out of his mind, why would he be smiling or be satisfied that he ended someone’s life? He was not only insane but I think he was also enraged along with it, those two don’t mix in well with each other. The narrator was enraged because the sound of the loud old man’s beating heart infuriated the narrator, he thought the neighbor could hear.
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Then again, I wasn’t actually predicting that the man would go through with the murder. Shocking me, the man owned up to it. “Dissemble no more! I admit the deed!—tear up the planks!—here, here! It’s the beating of his hideous heart!” As you’ve read the line for “Tell-Tale Heart” he owned up to the deed. The narrator was anxious because he thought the three policemen heard the sound of his beating heart, he thought that they were being hypocritical and trying to act as if they didn’t hear