As one strives to achieve his or her own personal goals, setbacks are inevitable. The person may have a strong ambition to accomplish these goals, sometimes where normal rules and right and wrong rarely apply. With this in mind, drastic measure’s are taken in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” where a man is haunted by an elderly man’s “vulture eye”. The man’s main objective is to get rid of the eye that haunts him to tears and not get caught. The setting is a house where the mad man and the old man live. We suspect that they get along well since they live together. The only thing in the way of this “friendship” is the presence of the old man’s “evil eye”. The mood is like any other Poe story, dark, calm, this intensifies the suspense of the reading. The Point of view is through the eyes of the Narrator, a very disturbed man, who tells us that he is always nervous, and its the nervousness that sharpened his senses. From the start of our story the Narrator insisted that he isn’t crazy, statements such as this ‘”why will you say that I am mad?”,’ having the reader thinking that he is indeed mad. Why would a person ask if they are mad or not? We learn that this man is terrorized by an elderly man’s “evil eye”. The narrator states ‘”I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture — a pale blue eye with a film over it.”‘ With a glimpse of this man eye makes the madman’s blood turn cold. Eventhough the old man never harmed him in anyway, his eye drives the narrator crazy. The madman quickly describes how he tried to rid himself of the old man, ‘”I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever”‘. ‘” I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him”‘, the old man would have never seen his demise coming. ” You should have seen how wisely I proceeded — with what caution — with what fores…
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