Poe's Short Stories

murder has the ability to drive a person to madness, what do you think it means?

the theme in "the tell tale heart"

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That would pretty much be the theme of most of Poe's stories. I'd say his protagonists are crazy to begin with. Murder, however, does seem to push them over the edge. The Tell Tale Heart guy is pretty manic after his "perfect murder".

If we take away the fact that these guys were loony to begin with we are left with murder driving one mad. I suppose on some level most people know murder to be original sin. THe taking of life is the gravest of crimes. If one pretends not to have a conscience for acts of murder and brutality, their conscience may well catch up with them in one way or the other. I hope that's what you were getting at.

@Aslan , what is your evidence about that his protagonist are crazy to begin with?

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evidence.

Examine the protagonist's language in the first paragraph,

"TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?"

It is flamboyant and way over the top. Really, who talks like that? Combine that with the fact that this dude wants to kill his roommate because of a bulging eye confirms he has a few screws lose!

@Aslan , can you explain your evidence?

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@Aslan , what is the conclusion about this theme ? theme: murder has the ability to drive a person to madness?

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theme (:

JUst take a look at my explanation, that's it,

I suppose on some level most people know murder to be original sin. THe taking of life is the gravest of crimes. If one pretends not to have a conscience for acts of murder and brutality, their conscience may well catch up with them in one way or the other. I hope that's what you were getting at.