edgar allan poe, tell tale heart

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i like to know something about story tell tale heart. like the evil eye motivated him to kill the old man he was living with. like him being psychotic and his insanity

-- Anonymous, December 02, 1999


In this story, The main character had no intention of killing the old man, he just came and watched him night after night. When he came in on one particular occasion, he woke the old man. When he did this it revealed the old man's eye. It was somewhat of a hawk's eye, a very frightened and fixed eye. Please e-mail me if you need more detail on the subject and feel free to ask any further questions, i am happy to help!!!

-- Anonymous, December 24, 1999

I think narrator takes the aliby of the evil eye to kill the old men although from the story that he didn't have any conflict with the old man. The evil eye is very significant, and it brings a propective of culpability.

-- Anonymous, March 20, 2000

We are told in the second paragraph of the story that "whenever the eye fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees--very-- gradually--Imade up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." Yes he did watch him sleep for a week, but like many of Poe's stories I have to say it was meditated murder. Why? Well, I think that is up to the reader to interpret if he was insane or not. Don't you love the ambiguity?

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

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