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psychological analysis of the tell-tale heart

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emanuel murillo

on 20 June 2013

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Transcript of psychological analysis of the tell-tale heart

Psychological Analysis of "The Tell-Tale Heart"
"The Tell-Tale Heart" By Edgar Allan Poe
Born January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. American short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor Edgar Allan Poe's tales of mystery and horror initiated the modern detective story, and the atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American fict
Initial Situation
Not insane! and the "Evil Eye"

Open your eye!

The narrator makes a noise while spying in the old man, and the man wakes up – and opens his eye.


Uh-oh, the police.

Make it stop, please!

The narrator identifies the source of the sound.

Detail 1
Edger Allen Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” shows a narrator being driven mainly by his ego.
Detail 2
The id and the superego only play a small part in the narrator’s thoughts.
Detail 3
The narrator shows his self centeredness
Detail 4
The narrators egocentric personality is shown throughout the story. The way he tells the story even shows it.
By Leonardo Zumbado Soto
Emanuel Murillo Castro
He lost nearly everyone that he loved, whether it be by leaving (his father), their deaths (his mother and wife/first cousin), or simply growing apart (his foster family); Due to all of these incidents, it is very possible that Poe developed abandonment issues
“The disease had sharpened my senses—not
destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the
heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe
how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” (Poe, 40)
“I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –
a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by
degrees –very gradually –I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myselfof the eye forever.” (Poe, 40)
His egocentric personality ended up causing him to confess when he could of not.
The narrator starts out by claiming that he in not mad and continues to make this claim throughout the story using a logical approach.
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