The Gothic Protagonist – The tell tale heart

The student’s goal now is to pick three of these things and analyze how they apply to the narrator in further depth.

4. Driven by strong emotions rather than logic or reason: this point was applied in the short story ‘The tell tale heart’ because the narrorator was obsessed with the other mans eye for no real reason, he hated the mans eye out of what he felt and the emotions he felt towards the man as he says “There was no reason for what I did.” at the beginning of the story. At the end of the story when the police were talking the the man his emotions got away on him and he told the police that he killed the man because he was scared of the loud heart beats. “Suddenly I could bear it no longer. I pointed at the boards and cried,Yes! Yes, I killed him!” if the man was thinking straight he wouldn’t have told the police that he killed the man but he had no idea what he was doing, he was just doing what his emotions were telling him.


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