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Edgar Poe uses an unreliable narrator. The narrator retells the murdering of the old man as if the crime would dismiss him from his sanity. I assume the narrator to be male but in ways the narrator can be female as well but it isn't clarified to go one way or the other. At the beginning, it could be that he/she is confessing to a judge, cellmate, newspaper, or psychiatrist and feeling the need to express themself in great detail to prove that he/she is in fact sane. The narrator's personality appears to be normal until the old man's "vulture eye" begins to haunt them, it is then they seem to have a real psychological problem because they have the motivation to kill the innocent old man because of his eye and for no other reason. The narrator had no problem with him."I loved the old man. He had never wronged me."(Poe 37.) But in the end the narrator is clearly sick as he/she can hear the old man's heart beating through the floorboards out of guilt and dramatically confess to the police that they murder the old man.
Usually in the case with first-person narratives, there are multiple settings to the story. The action of the tale takes place in the house the narrator shares with the old man which seemed to be very comforting and a big house. At the same time, the narrator is telling the story from either a prison or an insane asylum where he has been incarcerated. But even more importantly, the setting is actually inside the obsessed mind of the narrator himself, for the crucial climactic event of the story, which is his hearing the beating of the dead man's heart and takes place solely within his own tortured imagination.
I wasn't ever interested in the genres science fiction, fantasty, or horror. But my english class changed my perspectives on it just a little bit since it's of the units for the class. I read Edgar Allen Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" as a reading assignment and the story just sucked me in. I could feel the emotions and visualize what the characters looked like and what they were doing. I had read some of Poe's work in high school but didn't care much for it because it was so dark and something I wasn't interested in. But now this certain piece of work of his appealed to me just because it was fun to read and at one point had my heart racing a bit because of what was going on within the story. I especially chose this topic because the narrator is trying to prove they aren't insane and I like reading things that has to do with psychology just because I want to try and see what they are talking about and what's going through their minds and what they see.