Word Count: 1203Edgar Allan Poe, whose personal torment so powerfully informed his visionary prose and poetry, is a towering figure in the history of American literature. A Virginia gentleman and the son of itinerant actors, the heir to great fortune and a disinherited outcast, a university man who had failed to graduate, a soldier brought out of the army, a husband with an unapproachable child-bride, a brilliant editor and low salaried hack, a world renowned but impoverish author, a temperate man and uncontrollable alcoholic, a materialist who yearned for a final union with God. His fevered imagination brought him to great heights of creativity and the depths of paranoiac despair. Yet although he produced a relatively small volume of work, he virtually invented the horror and detective genres and his literary legacy endures to this day. In the main character, the narrator, has a problem with an old man, the antagonist, whom he is living with. The odd thing is that the problem has nothing to do with old man, how he acts, or even his attitude towards the narrator.Order now
It is simply one of the old man’s eyes which is blind or he can’t see a hundred percent in one eye. The narrator’s description of the eye is that it resembled that of a vulture, pale blue with a film over it. When the narrator looked at it, it caused his blood to run cold. This drove him crazy and caused him to kill the old man He begins to believe that he is hearing the old man’s heart beating, while he was killing him and after he is dead.
The pounding becomes louder and louder, and drives him crazy. It forces him to tell the police officers, who are searching his house, that he killed the old man and showed them were the body is buried, which is the most ironic and the last thing you would think to happen. The irony comes into play when his heightened sense of hearing and sober madness is the cause of his downfall. How ironic, the same craze that led him to kill the man is the same craze that led him to his demise.
The story takes place in a house around the turn of the1800, probably in the northeastern part of the United States,and covers the period of one week and the relentless pursuitof perfect preparation the narrator went through to commitmurder without getting caught. The story involves an oldman, the antagonist, the police, and the protagonist, who isalso the narrator, and tells the story from his point of view. On the other hand we have no idea of the relationshipbetween the antagonist, the old man and the narrator, butwhat is told to us by the narrator. One tends to wander ifthey were related or was he simply a servant for hire andtherefore cared for the old man. The narrator has left a lot toour imagination on the relationship of the characters.
His insanity has made him a very paranoid man, he believesthat everyone is trying to make a full of him, even thought hebelieved he carried out a perfect murder. He bragged abouthis preparation, and thought that the old suspected nothingof his plain of terror and mayhem. The narrator who isaware of what is it to be mad, but cannot bring himself tobelieve that he himself is insane. He believes that since he isable to recollect and present every detail of the events thattook place proves that he is not insane. He believes that heis sane because of the manner in which he carried out thecrime of murder.
His reason for wanting the old man dead is without motive. "I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He hadnever given me insult. For his gold I had no desire" thenarrator thinks that he has no clear motive and that he lovesthe old man.
The truth in the matter is that he knows hecannot bring himself to admit to the point that only a madman would kill someone just because of the way their eyeslooked. It was not the old man who vexed me, but his evileye. He tries to explain his reason without implicatinghimself. The narrator .