Colin Cunningham Freshmen English Tell Tale Heart Analysis 4/8/2016
Paranoia and Death in "The Tell Tale Heart"
The fear of failure plays with the human mind. In the short story, "Tell Tale Heart," by Edgar Alan Poe, the narrator lets the horror of murder and the concept of death disturb him to the point that he admits his life away. The narrator fears the unknown. He fears the concept of not having control of his own life, and he becomes progressively paranoid over the thought of getting caught. The police had just shown up at the area of the crime as the narrator is a suspect, and the narrator is also letting uncertainty and dependency get to his head. Signs of disparity include his calling to god, "Almighty God!" As well, his paranoia is obviously getting worse, with examples being that he thought the police were mocking him, and that he would do anything to avoid his derision. Avoiding punishment leads to fear, and fear can lead to showing your true colors and eventually giving yourself away. Whenever we have fear, we have doubt, and we tend to overthink everything. When we overthink, we focus on the negative, and the negative can lead to a bad outlook on life. Through the course of the book, the narrator's amount of doubt rose, projecting his eventual downfall. Through the course of the short story, the dynamic character developed in a negative way after committing a negative action. When the human minds have fear or doubt, they generally begin to break down and show their true colors.