The real reason for the narrators confession in the tell : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I was wondering what the real reaon for the narrator sudden outburst of confession in the ending of "The tell-tale heart". Why does he/she confess? It was a perfect crime, as we are told during the story. Was it because the narrator knew deep down that it was wrong or???? Please respond whitin a few days....

Rachel Toft, Denmark

-- Anonymous, February 05, 2001


simply put, the narrator confessed becaus of a guilty conscience. hope i could be of help. Tim

-- Anonymous, February 05, 2001

I think she means why!!!! During the story the narrator shows no regret at all, and then suddenly he/she is confessing to the police. The action is almost descibed as being reluctant, in the way that the narrator didn't mean to confess. I think that is what Rachel meant.....Right? ----Karma

-- Anonymous, February 06, 2001

I think the real reason is that the narrator is trying to prove how rational he is. Notice that he is denying his madness throughout the story. By confessing, he intends to show that he can perceive "dissembling" of the policemen. In other words, he is saying,"A man like me, with such sanity, won't be fooled by the "trickery" of the police.

-- Anonymous, February 07, 2001

first the killer is a female! in the story it was said that the place is well secluded so the killer is someone who lives must be the house keeper because she is well familiared with the place and supposedly he knew the man.....the beating of the heart is heard because her conscience could not bare the guilt.....there are no policemen either...cmon would police officers stay for a little chat in such a late hour(about 2-4 am)!!!! it is obvious that the killer is mad!!!!i think the killer symbolizes poe's fight for his sanity through ingenious write-ups....

-- Anonymous, February 15, 2005

the guilt of the murder was weighing on his mind and when he heard the beating heart it drove him mad...

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2005

None of you got this. The narrator lost his mind or was always sadistically insane. After he killed the man with the "vulture eye" he heard his heart. He heard the mans heart beating wildly to the point where he couldn’t take it anymore, This made him confess out of a perceived torture. He was tortured by the beating of the TELL- TALE (as in tattle tale) heart. No offense but DUH!

-- Anonymous, February 19, 2005

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