The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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How would you analyze and critique the end of the story "The Tell-tale Heart"?

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“The Tell-tale Heart” is a story of madness and guilt.  Throughout the story, the unnamed narrator continually tries to convince us that he is not mad.  He clearly thinks that he comes across as crazy.  After all, he has a perfectly logical reason for killing the old man.  Evil Eyes simply cannot be tolerated!

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. (enotes etext pdf p. 4)

The narrator descends more and more into madness as he plans and carries out the murder.  He fancies himself clever, so he keeps telling himself he will get away with it.  The reader begins to suspect that he is just trying to...

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