The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe

Connections from The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe was a writer which he wrote poems and short stories which we may see as connections to his personal life. He wrote briefly and in a way which many can determine different interpretations. I read this short story interpreting many items and feelings that may connect to his personal life.

The old man and his pale blue eye

We first hear about an old man. He was seen to be innocent but yet his eye haunted Poe. I see the man to be interpreted as his wife and the eye to be the disease that his wife had. He saw an innocent life taken by a disease which was overtaken by him. This disease was stronger than his wife which he compared the eye to in his short story. He saw the eye as a vulture as he saw the disease a death sentence to his wife.

Checking on Old Man

Poe says he checked on the old man to check the eye. In his everyday life he would check on his wife daily to make sure she was okay which he would take care of her. I see this as a way that he just wanted to see if his wife would be okay or not. Like in the story he wanted to check the eye out of curiosity.

Killing the Old Man

In the tale Poe kills the old man because of the eye. As I said before the eye is the disease that his wife had. Poe was a poor man and when he was not able to keep his wife warm and well fed the the death of her I feel he blamed himself. In the tale he expressed how he felt that the disease was the death of his wife.
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Burial of the Old Man

When the old man heard Poe come into his room Poe killed him with the weight of his bed. When he died Poe cut him up and buried him in the floor boards of his room. When the cops came he convinced them that it was just a bad dream he had which caused a loud scream. He placed a chair on top of the floor boards where the old man laid and sat down with the cops. When he heard a beating in the floor he thought the cops heard it too and turned himself in telling them what happened. When I read that I compared the grief he bared of his wife's death. He saw that she was held down with the disease in her bed where she could not live life. When she died he tried to bury it away and move past it but so much reminded him of her. He couldn't run away from the grief he had of his wife even alcohol could not.