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  • Old Man's Eye And Heart
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    The behavior of the narrator in The Tell-Tale heart demonstrate characteristic that are associated with people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. When Poe wrote this story in 1843 obsessive-compulsive disorder and paranoia had not been discovered. However in modern times the characteristics demonstrated by the narrator leads people to believe that he has a mental illness. Poe's narrator demonstrates classic signs throughout the story leading the reader to believe that...
  • Robert And The Narrator's Wife
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    Through The Eyes Of The Blind You can never seem to know what's going on in another ones life, unless you put your feet in there shoes, so to judge, is simply ignorance. Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a story about how the narrator is uncomfortable with having his wife's blind friend, Robert, over. Roger has lost his wife, and to cope with her death, he planned to visit the narrator's wife. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a blind man, the narrator seems to ge...
  • Insane By The Narrator's Claims Of Sanity
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    The Tell-Tale Heart Blind Insanity Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" is a short story about how a murderer's conscience overtakes him and whether the narrator is insane or if he suffers from over acuteness of the senses. Poe suggests the narrator is insane by the narrator's claims of sanity, the narrator's actions bring out the narrative irony of the story, and the narrator is insane according to the definition of insanity as it applies to "The Tell Tale Heart". First, Poe suggests the nar...
  • Sight Of An Old Man's Eye
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    Imagine the sight of an old man's eye, vulturous, pale blue, with a film covering it. Could this drive one's self so insane that one would murder a man because of it? This is the event that occurs in Edgar Allen Poe's vivid tale 'The Tell-Tale Heart', from the book Designs For Reading: Short Stories. Every night at precisely midnight, the narrator, who remains nameless and sexless, but for the sake of this essay I will refer to as he, ventured into the old man's room without making a sound, to o...
  • Narrator's Irrational Actions Towards The Old Man
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    Within the human psyche there is a small and sometimes undefined line between what drives us to do good and that which pushes towards corruption. The battle to maintain balance between the two is the theme of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. For sane individuals it requires a traumatic or life altering event to push them across the line, however for the insane it can be a very inconsequential event that drives them completely mad. From the onset of this story the narrator tries to convince...
  • Old Man's Eye
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    The Insane Narrator Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. His parents David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins, both died when Edgar was very young. Calvin Thomas published Poe's first book, Tamerlane and other Poems in Boston in 1827. His first real job was the editor of Thomas W. White's Southern Literary Messenger where he worked for nearly a year. In 1836, he was married to his 13-year-old cousin. He wrote many short stories including the Tell-Tale Heart in ...
  • Narrator's Wife Leaves Robert And The Narrator
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    When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver's short story 'Cathedral,' the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife's friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique 'blindness. ' It is through this initial blindness, that the characte...
  • Narrator And The Old Man
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    The Tell Tale Heart is a story, on the most basic level, of conflict. There is a mental conflict within the narrator himself (assuming the narrator is male). Through obvious clues and statements, Poe alerts the reader to the mental state of the narrator, which is insanity. The insanity is described as an obsession (with the old man's eye), which in turn leads to loss of control and eventually results in violence. Ultimately, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate. Although the nar...
  • Morrison's The Bluest Eye The Bluest Eye
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    Portrait of a Victim: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye The Bluest Eye (1970) is the novel that launched Toni Morrison into the spotlight as a talented African-American writer and social critic. Morrison herself says It would be a mistake to assume that writers are disconnected from social issues (Leflore). Because Morrison is more willing than most authors to discuss meaning in her books, a genetic approach is very relevant. To be truly effective, though, the genetic approach must be combined with...
  • Power Of The Old Man's Evil Eye
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    Reference Paper The Tell-Tale Heart by: Edgar Allen Poe Setting The story covers a period of approximately eight days with most of the important action occurring each night around midnight. The location is the home of an elderly man in which the narrator has become a caretaker. Characters This story contains a nameless narrator, an old man and the police who enter near the end of the story after the mention, that they were called by a neighbor whose suspicions had been aroused upon hearing a scr...
  • Evil Eye
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    "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story authored by Edgar Allan Poe in which the underlining theme of evil becomes contradictory. Throughout Poe's passages are various instances of the illogical and unreasonable. In particular, the evil is pointed out by the narrator as being a physical evil. However, progression of the story conveys an immediate contrast of a hidden inner evil. Starting off the narrator claims his sanity, "You fancy me mad. But you should have seen me", (Poe 3). It becomes clear...
  • Unusual Obsession With The Old Mans Eye
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    The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe deals with a mans mental deterioration and his descent into madness. The story focuses on the narrator and his obsessions. It is told from a first person point of view by the protagonist himself. The point of view of the story is important because the reader only has one side of the story to work with. Therefore, the reader only knows what the narrator thinks and sees. This complicates things in deciding why the narrator goes insane. However, the narrator d...
  • Narrator's Awakening
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    Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known" (1 Corinthians 13). The narrator of Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a man living a life of monotony, continuously feeding the cold and bigoted mind that we witness for the first part of the story. The process of guiding Robert through the drawing of the cathedral, removes the narrator from that dark looking glass and initiates a transformation in...
  • Evil Eye And The Old Man
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    THE TELL-TALE HEART Even though Poe stated in the first few lines of the story that the person narrating the story is insane. It is only when the narrator tells us his preparations for murdering the old man that we know how insane he is. The narrator states, "I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad" The narrator explains it as merely some disease which has sharpened his senses that has made people call him crazy. Well, to me if someone ...
  • Old Mans Eyes
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    Perceived Paranoia Edgar Allen Poems fevered imagination brought him to great heights of creativity and low depths of paranoic despair. Although he produced a relatively small volume of work, he virtually invented the horror and gothic genres and his literary legacy lives to this day. In the story of the Tell Tale Heart, a mans madness is pr tryed in a manner that makes you think question his motives. The main character of the story, the narrator, has a problem with an old man, the antagonist wh...
  • Narrator A Job At Liberty Paints
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    I was told to trace the metaphors of blindness in the novel Invisible Man by explaining the plot and thematic significance. There are many metaphors of blindness in this book starting from the Prologue to the Epilogue. I believe that Ralph Ellison was using these metaphors of blindness to show us how puzzled this young man was and how it affected him throughout his life. In the Prologue, the narrator starts off by telling us that he is physically visible but he is invisible to his peers or socie...
  • Eyes Of The Narrator
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    In John Engman's poem "Aluminum Folding Chairs", the narrator masters the art of being invisible after realizing that all of the members of his therapy session aren't really listening to him, and because of that he's allowed to go through the motions of saying what's expected of him, playing the act that he is listening, and even saying things out of the ordinary without a blink of an eye from those to which he's speaking. It shows the lack of individuality in not only his work, but also work li...

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