Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart
What Should the Killer's Punishment Be?

In Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator describes the brutal murder of his
roommate, while constantly pleading his case of sanity. Through this, we come to realize
that the narrator is nothing other than insane. Although the narrator is insane, he
committed a grotesque murder and should pay for what he did. In a case like this, although
the person is insane, you want to give them a cruel and unjust sentence, like the cruel
and unjust murder they committed. Criminals and insane people are both a threat to
themselves and society but in different ways, which is why there is jail for criminals and
insane asylums for psychopaths.

The Tell-Tale Heart illustrates the human spirit of the narrator as a mysterious and
inexplicable force. After reading the first paragraph of the story, I have already decided
that the narrator is, in fact, insane. "I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth.
I heard many things in hell" (Poe 1). Anyone who earnestly states that they heard things
in heaven and hell clearly is not in their right mind. The narrator then tries proving his
sanity due to the fact that he can tell the whole story calmly; this in fact does the
opposite. Anyone who can tell the story of police coming in the middle of the night about
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