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Reading Response For "The Tell Tale Heart" By Edgar Allan Poe

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2. In paragraph 2, the narrator decides to kill the old man. He decides to do this for one absolutely idiotic reason; to get rid of his eye. He keeps on saying how he doesn’t understand why he would kill the old man because he was always so nice to him and “[h]e had never wronged me [the narrator]” (Poe 1). Usually, a huge motive for murder is for revenge or just because they were so mean to someone that they deserve to die. However, the narrator clearly said that he had done nothing wrong to him! So maybe he was trying to kill him for his money because he was an “old man” and the narrator needed some money because he was poor and the old man was rich? No, that wasn’t the motive either because the narrator states, “[f]or his gold I had no desire” (Poe 1). So if those aren’t the reasons why he killed the old man, then what is? That’s when he says, “I think it was his eye! yes, it was this!” (Poe 1) so you know that the motive was his eye especially after he described how terrifying the eye was. The eye scared him so much that “[his] blood ran cold” (Poe 1). And so he “made up [his] mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid [himself] of the eye forever” (Poe 1). In the end, the crazy narrator decided to kill the old man just because his creepy eye haunted him.

3. In paragraph 3, the narrator claims that he is not mad for a few of his own silly unreasonable reason. The number one reason is because apparently, “[m]admen know nothing” (Poe 1) and he thinks he’s so smart and amazing. He starts bragging about “how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work!” (Poe 1). He goes on just explaining exactly what he did and how well he did it as if that makes him less crazy, but this man is clearly mad even if he tried explaining himself. Also, how would he know madmen know nothing? Maybe he’s a madman so he knows nothing!Anyway, he didn’t have any other good reasoning. His only reason was because madmen know nothing and he knows a lot, although all he explained was how cautiously he proceeded and not if he’s smart or not. So the only reasoning he has is completely useless.

4. In paragraph 3, the narrator says “I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” (Poe 1). He behaved like this because he didn’t want the old man to suspect that he was going to kill him. I would’ve said it’s because he wanted to be all nice before he killed him so that he has good thoughts of him when he dies or something like that, but since this guy is obviously insane, it’s all probably part of his plan. I believe this because right before he said that, he says “you should have seen how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work!” (Poe 1) so you know that that was just a precaution to make sure the old man wouldn’t suspect him. It’s not because he cares about him so much and is all sad, he’s just taking the...

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