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Sane Or Insane? Essay

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Ricky SekhonThe Tell-Tale Heart EssayIt is not often when a case comes up where a cold hearted murderer, claims to be insane, just to get away from the charges. This scenario is seen in the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, when the narrator commits a murder and is now claiming to be insane to get away with the murder charges, when evidently the main character in the story is completely sane. The main protagonist of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is undoubtedly sane because it is clear that the character has feelings, the character even claims to be sane, and because the character was able to plan out the murder.Firstly, the character of this story cannot be said to be insane when clearly the story shows that the character has feelings. Typically speaking, insane is defined as being in a state in which normal perception and behaviour are not present. This means that according to the definition, an insane person does not perceive normal feelings. The main protagonist however, definitely does have feelings. This can be proven when the character says "I loved the old man." Love is a deep feeling and the character would not of have felt such a feeling if he was insane, according to the definition, which proves he is completely normal and is not a madman. Another piece of evidence that proves that the main character is sane is when after he had murdered the old man and the police had come, the main character decides to give himself in because he cannot handle the guilt that is building up inside of him because he has murdered the old man. Guilt, is again another feeling which according to the definition of insane, would not have been felt by the main character if he had been insane and since he has felt this feeling, it justifies him being sane. The main character has various different feelings throughout the novel which proves that the character is ultimately sane.Secondly, the narrator of the novel does not believe that he is insane himself. The entire story, the narrator is trying to prove to the reader that he is completely sane and not insane as others might say. The narrator writes, "You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded." This shows that even the character himself, knows that he is not insane so why should one say he is. Another example is when the narrator says, "but why will you say that I am mad?" This shows again that the...

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