The Tell Tale Heart Essay

2346 words - 9 pages

The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart' is a story about a man who killed an old man just
because he didn't like the way his eyes looked like. The main
character speaks about madness as being a gift and not a kid of
disability for example in paragraph one on page 93 he says: ' but why
would you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not
destroyed-not dulled them'. The mad man killed the old man and then
cut him up and put him under the floorboards of the house.

'The fruit at the bottom of the bowl' is a story about a man (William
Acton) who killed his neighbour (Huxley) because he thought that
Huxley was having an affair with his wife. Acton strangles Huxley and
then he cleans the Huxley's house so that there aren't any
fingerprints in the house left so that the police can trace the murder
back to Acton.

In 'The Tell Tale Heart' the main character thinks that he has done
the right thing by killing the old man and that he got rid of the
'evil eye'. The main character is very confident about what he has
done and think that he had a very good reason for killing the old man
which was that he didn't like the way his eyes looked like and because
he thought that the eyes were evil. We can see evidence of that in the
2nd paragraph on page 93 where he says: 'I think it was his eye! yes,
it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-very
gradually- I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus
rid myself of the eye for ever.' In my opinion I think that this is no
good reason for killing a human being the is like me killing someone
because they have ginger hair whereas is 'The fruit at the bottom of
the bowl' William Acton has a good enough reason about killing Huxley
well maybe not a big reason, but at least a normal reason for killing
Huxley and the reason is that Acton thought that Huxley was having a
affair with his wife. I think Acton maybe feels a little bit guilty
and is very paranoid about the whole murder unlike in 'The Tell Tale
Heart' where the murder is very confident about what he had done and
planned the whole murder whereas Acton didn't really plan to kill
Huxley, but Acton in his mind thought that Huxley knew all along that
he was going to get murdered. Acton thought that Huxley planned to get
murdered and so told Acton to touch a lot of stuff in the house for
example on page 83 Huxley said: 'There's a bottle of burgundy, Acton.
Mind fetching it from that cabinet?

Yes, fetch it. Handle it. Touch it. He did.'

Than Acton thought that Huxley was basically setting him up. Once
Acton strangled Huxley he had started to clean the house of
fingerprints. That was all fine and well but Acton didn't clean only
the door knobs, glasses, cup and things like that which he touched he
cleaned the whole house the walls, the couch...

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