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Tell-Tale Heart: Sane or Insane?

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Brayden Schlabach

on 11 November 2013

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Transcript of Tell-Tale Heart: Sane or Insane?

Sanity or Insanity?
We have evidence proving that the man was insane and could not comprehend his actions. The definition of insanity is a mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot manage his/her own affairs, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. He was insane when performing his actions.
Evidence 1
"...-I made up my mind to take the life up the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever."

If the main character was sane, he would have thought of anonther way to deal with his dilema instead deciding to kill the man.
Evidence #2
" It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldiers into courage. "

If the main character was sane,he would not have been so infuriated by the regular beating of the old man's heart.

Evidence #3
" I foamed- I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards..."

If the main character was sane, he would not have lost control over the old man's heart still beating after he was dead.
Evidence #4
"It was the low stifle sound that arises from the bottom of the soul when overcharged with awe.
If he was really sane how would he hear these sounds that are impossible to hear.
Evidence #5
"Villains" I shriek, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed."
A sane person most likely wouldn't had admitted to the crime that easily.
We conclude that the main character was insane when performing his actions. Since being insane, he should not be convicted of murder and be instated in a mental hospital.
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