A thematic statement is one which speaks to the theme of a text, the observations and considerations regarding the themes, and does not tell readers how to feel or judge a text. That being said, a thematic statement offers the essayist's perspective on a text for analysis by the essay's reader.
Therefore, different thematic statements which can be made regarding Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Tell-Tale Heart could be any of the following (based upon the themes of the text: guilt/innocence, sanity/insanity, and time).
1. Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, defines the fine line which a character can walk when defining their own sanity or insanity.
2. Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, forces a reader to examine the mental stability of a narrator and the problems associated with a narrator which can be found to be unreliable.
3. Edgar Allan Poe, in his short story The Tell-Tale Heart, examines the impact which time has over the narrator.
4. One of the questions readers are left with, after reading Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Tell-Tale Heart, is the question of the narrator's guilt or innocence.