12th February 2018

The Gothic Protagonist writing

The tell-tale heart if given from the view point of a nameless, genderless and generally mysterious person/The Narrator. There is very little information given about the person through this story. The only things we a told about the narrator is that at one point they were “Ill, Very Ill” and that he believes that he has “full control” of his mind and that the is not mad. The narrator never shears the illness that he had, however they do tell us that it resulted in more powerful senses, particularly hearing. We are una wear if this is due to physical enhancements or due to mental enhancements. Due to his denial and his seemingly increased sense we are able to infure that there is likely still something wrong with him weather it my be physical or mental, This is spurred on by the mystery shrouding them.

As the story progresses The narrator begins to shear his feelings about the old man and his obsession with the old mans eye, He states that “His eye was like the eye of a vultures” waiting to rip you to pieces. When the old man looked at him he could feel “a cold feeling going up and down his back” and he begins to refer to the eye as an evil eye. (The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. It was a widely extended belief among many Mediterranean and Asian tribes and cultures. Charms and decorations with eye-like symbols known as nazars were are used to repel the evil eye.) The obsession with the old mans eye is the reason that the narrator ultimately killed the old man, He felt that “It was not the old man he had to kill; It was the eye, his Evil Eye”  This Obsession with the eye and feeling that he had to kill it links back to madness helping to solidify the idea that the man is defiantly no longer sane.

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