Yet, he's the telling the story, perhaps out of some hope for redemption, out of some hope for a cure to what he considers a physical disease. But the guilt is so great that the young man fancies he can hear the old man's heart beating. The eye, as Poe himself includes in the story, it evil. By the time he finishes the clean-up, it is four in the morning, and someone knocks on the door. He wants us to know what he did, but not where to find him. The story is not, by any stretch of the imagination a fairy tale if this is what you are thinking of.
On the eighth night, the narrator is particularly careful while opening the door, but this time, his thumb slips on the lantern's fastening, waking the old man. Verbal irony: Stating that he is sane also applies to this, but for originality, feeling for the old man while wanting and succeeding to kill him is also verbal irony. The narrator's emotional instability provides a clear counterargument to his assertions of good judgment. Maybe this explains why he doesn't share his name, or any other identifying characteristics. He then dismembers the body and hides the pieces below the floorboards in the bedroom.
Before we explore some of those possibilities, we should clear up a fine point. He says that he is going to tell a story in which he will defend his sanity yet confess to having killed an old man. Whether it's a watch itself, a death watch in a wall, the seven days I personally feel is a biblical reference , or a more abstract mention in one of the many times the narrator describes how very, very slowly he moved, time is important here. The poems in the set are: 'Alone', 'Evening Star', Hymn', 'A Dream', and 'To One in Paradise. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees — very gradually — I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
The narrator remains still, stalking the old man as he sits awake and frightened. Poe explores here a psychological mystery—that people sometimes harm those whom they love or need in their lives. These are the kinds of questions the narrator provokes. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. Most of his works explore this idea to some degree. The Tell-tale Heart was written in November 1842 and published in January 1843 in Pioneer. Eyes are the windows to the soul after all.
The song cycle was orchestrated in 1998 with a commission from Jack and Dawn Taylor of Des Moines, Iowa. The narrator is careful to be chatty and to appear normal. We actually have precious little to go on in discussing his character. But what makes this story so unsettling? The irony of this classic short story is that shortly after the narrator kills the old man and hides his heart underneath the floorboards the police arrive. At the same time, the narrator hears a knock at the street door.
As a slave, this sensitive guy could have been exposed to all kinds of horrors and would have lived in fear. Later, when he finally succeeds in killing the victim, he becomes positively cheerful, feeling that he has accomplished his goal cleverly and with the rationality that he associates with sanity. This story states that the narrator has nothing against the old man, the narrator even loves him, but it is the old man's eye that the narrator hates. This is the one bit of color in the story, and the only detail we are given as to any character's physical appearance. Even if the sound is supernatural in origin — and Poe was obviously a master of the supernatural, as attest — it may be that his victim is making his ghostly heartbeat heard only to the narrator, burrowing away deep within his mind. In this sense, Gothic terror becomes a love story. Even Poe himself, like the beating heart, is complicit in the plot to catch the narrator in his evil game.
That's because the eye is a metaphor. For example, the narrator admits, in the first sentence, to being dreadfully nervous, yet he is unable to comprehend why he should be thought mad. It seems most likely that the sound exists only in his head, since the policemen are apparently oblivious to it as they continue to chat away calmly to the narrator. When the narrator arrives late on the eighth night, though, the old man wakes up and cries out. Could he simply be plagued by the Imp? By dismembering his victim, the narrator further deprives the old man of his humanity. Most parts of the lyrics are nearly identical to the poem itself.
Additional Analysis: Where the problem arises in identifying the climax of the story is at … tention to detail. It could also explain why the narrator took so much pleasure in violating the man's privacy and the sanctity of his bedroom. One way to see it, the heart represent's the narrators guilt for killing the old man. Toni Morrison wrote a book called Playing in the Dark: Whiteness in the Literary Imagination. The beating is not the old man of course, he's dead. This theory works if you see the old man as simply an old man. Situational irony: The narrator states that mad men are not reasonable, he isn't reasonable in that he is uncomfortable with justice.