An Essay about The Tell-Tale Heart And The Black Cat (Narrators' Conscious And Unconscious Feelings,Actions,the Horror)

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Edgar Allan Poe, author of the Tell-Tale-Heart and The Black Cat.
Edgar Allan Poe, author of the Tell-Tale-Heart and The Black Cat. | Source

By Roldens Paulynice

In the story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator believes that he is nervous, but he is not mad. He thinks that we all probably think that he is mad, but that is not true. What we probably call his madness is not his madness but his sense of hearing acute. Also, the narrator believes that the low dull, quick sound-much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton is the song of the old man’s beating heart. Those beliefs that the narrator has are the principal reasons that motivate him to behave as he does in the story. And the narrator understands some of these motivations at a great extent. But there are some of them that he is hallucinated. However, in the story The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator demonstrates that he is sane. He goes on to say that he is kind and respects the fidelity of friendship. He loves pets. He likes to hang out with them. The narrator has a lot of conscious and unconscious feeling that motivate him to behave as he does in the story. He does not really understand all of these motivations, his own behaviors, and the reasons for the action that he takes at a great extent. And the psychological basis for the horror is that he starts getting afraid with the new cat because the cat keeps following him everywhere he goes.

A conscious feeling that makes the narrator believes in the story The Tell-Tale Heart that he is not mad is how he behaves intelligently before and after he kills the old man. And his belief that he is not crazy is one of the conscious feelings that make him behave as he does in the story. He argues that madmen know nothing. He says that he knows a lot. A mad man would never act like he does in the story. “You should have seen how wisely I proceeded- with what caution- with what foresight- with what dissimulation I went to work. I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him,” said the narrator in the story. He shows us how he is very cautious while he tries to kill the old man during the story. And a madman will never behave as he does. Every night, he opens the door so gently. He moves slowly in the old man’s house, so he does not disturb the old man. He puts in a dark lantern, all close, close, so that no light shine out. It takes him an hour to place his whole head within the opening so far that he can see the old man as he lay upon his bed. Every night, he goes to the old man's house, talks to him tenderly, and calls him by name with a hearty tone. After he kills the old man, he dismembers the corps. He cleans the floor, and he is careful about not living a drop of blood on the floor. When the officers come, he acts like he knows nothing.

The low dull, quick sound-much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton that the narrator believes that is the old man’s beating heart is a conscious feeling that make the narrator behave as he does in the story, and it is also the psychological basis for the horror. “The narrator hears a dull pounding that he interprets as the old man’s terrified heartbeat. Worried that a neighbor might hear the loud thumping, he attacks and kills the old man” (sparknotes.com). This seems to show that the dull pounding song that the narrator believes that is the old man's beating heart is one of the reasons that makes the narrator kills the old man. It is also a psychological basis for the horror. Also, in the story, the narrator shows how scary he is after he hears the dull, quick sound. His unconscious feeling about that is that he is nervous about hearing the dull, quick sound. The old man already died. How his heart keeps beating. He is really scared. However, as a matter of fact, the song that he hears is the song of his own heart beating. Because he is afraid, his heart is beating so fast. But he pretends that it is the old man’s beating heart. Also, in the narrator's mind, he thinks that the officers probably hear the song of low dull that he pretends is the old man’s beating heart. For example, “Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! - no, no! They heard! - they suspected! - they knew! - this I thought, and this I think,” narrates the narrator in the story.

The narrator understands some of these motivations at a great extent. But there are some of them he is hallucinated. For example, every time the narrator ears the low dull, quick sound-much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton, he always says, “This is nothing than the old man's beating heart. I know that song very well.” In reality, the song wasn’t the old man's beating heart. He is probably hallucinated. It is the song of his heart beating not the old man’s beating heart. Also, the narrator knows many of the things that he does in the story at a great extent because he is mentally planning to kill the old man. He knows all the things that he does while he is in the old man’s house. He knows that he hates the old man’s eyes.

In the story, The Black Cat, one of the conscious feelings that makes the narrator behaves as he does in the story is his feeling of guilt and remorse toward what he does to Pluto. After he take off one of Pluto’s eyes, he feels so sad. He realizes that he should not do that. He starts feeling so remorseful toward his cat. Also, a conscious feeling that makes him kill Pluto is also because he feels remorse for cutting one of the cat’s eyes. He kills it because he knows that the cat has loved him. He kills it because he knows that he is committing a sin for doing so- a deadly sin that will jeopardize his immortal soul as to place it. He believes that God would punish him for committing a sin. As a matter of fact, an unconscious feeling that makes the narrator kills the cat is that because the cat is no longer love him, or the cat starts running away from him after he take off one of his eyes. He feels that he loses his intimate friendship with the cat. Another conscious felling that makes the narrator starts getting irritated with the new cat is that he is too afraid of it because the white spot that the new cat has represents a gallows that symbolizes a wooding device used to kill people. The cat never leaves him for a moment. It followed his footsteps with a pertinacity which it would be difficult to make the reader comprehend. Whenever he sits, it will crouch beneath his chair, or spring upon his knees, covering him with its loathsome caresses. An unconscious feeling is that the narrator displaces his anger toward the cat to his wife. "As his loathing of the cat increases so does his physical and verbal abuse of his wife”(shmoop.com). One day, The cat follows his wife and him in the cellar. He gets upset because of that. He tries to kill the cat. His wife stops him. He buries an axe in his wife's brain in the cellar old house because his wife stops him from killing the new cat . I think that the narrator does not really understand all of these motivations and his own behaviors and the reasons for the action that he takes at a great extent because he does many of them without knowing when he does them. The psychological basis for the horror is that he starts getting afraid with the new cat because the cat keeps following him everywhere he goes. It never leaves him. However, the white spot that the cat has represent a gallows that symbolizes a wooding device used to kill people.

In conclusion, in The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator believes that he is not mad, but he is truly nervous. This belief is one of the conscious feelings that make him behave as he does in the story. Also, The low dull, quick sound-much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton that the narrator believes that is the old man’s beating heart is an unconscious feeling that makes the narrator behave as he does in the story, and it is also the psychological basis for the horror. In addition to that, the narrator understands some of these motivations at a great extent. But there are some of them that he is hallucinated. However, in the story, The Black Cat, the narrator demonstrates that he is sane. He goes on to say that he is kind and respects the fidelity of friendship. He loves pets. He likes to hang out with them. I think that the narrator does not really understand all of these motivations and his own behaviors and the reasons for the action that he takes at a great extent because he does many of them without knowing when he does them. The psychological basis for the horror is that he starts getting afraid with the new cat because the cat keeps following him everywhere he goes. It never leaves him. However, the white spot that the cat has represent a gallows that symbolizes a wooding device used to kill people

Works Cited

1) “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe, Spark notes.com

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/poestories/section6.rhtml

2) “The Black Cat Summary” by Edgar Allan Poe, shmoop.com

http://www.shmoop.com/black-cat-poe/summary.html


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roldens Paulynice, author of this research, was born in December 24, 1990 in Gonaives, Haiti. He has published many short stories and essays, especially about relationship or love, literature review, education, and politics. Think before You Act and What Causes Many College Students to Fail or Drop out are two of his works that he likes the most. Fortunately, in February 2009, he had the chance to come to the United States, attended Glade Central High School, and graduated in May 2010 with a 3.08 GPA. In May 8, 2012, he graduated from Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Arts Degree. Right now, he is attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing his BS in accounting and business administration. In the near future, he wants to become a CPA. Being a writer is something that he has certain zeal to become in his life, but right now, he is trying, hoping to become a famous one day. He is the author of Teenage Marriages Are Likely to End Unhappily, Think before You Act, What Causes Many College Students to Fail or Dropout, Many People Get Married for Foolish Reasons, An Essay about the Tell-Tale-Heart and The Black Cat, and many other works.







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Comments 51 comments

always exploring profile image

always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Edgar Allan Poe was one of a kind, scary but enjoyable..Thank you, very detailed article..


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

U are welcome....Yes he is..Thank you so much my friend for your comment.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Edgar Allen Poe has always been one of my favorites. Nicely done article.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Thank you so much my friend@cyndi10


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I read some of the poems in my teenage years, but I have to admit I found them pretty dark, it's probably a good time revisit Poe.

A brilliant piece of work.

Voted up


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Ok thank you so much my friend @tobusiness for your comment. God bless you my friend....


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite poet and i just love his work, so i enjoyed your well put together and written hub .

Well done ! Vote up and more !!!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

ok my friend..thank you...


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I USED to own the Complete works of Edgar Allen Poe...original printing, and it was Stolen by a "Date" many years ago. Quote, the Raven, "Never More"... Very Interesting and Enlightening Hub Paul.

I now look forward to Following your Hubs!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Okay thank you so much my friend....


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

I haven't read these stories in years. You brought back memories. I remember reading Edgar Allen Poe in school. I always like the Tell-Tale Heart. His poem, The Raven, is still my favorite.

Voted up and well done.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Thank you so much my friend.....


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Two very good stories. I like the way you compare and contrast here. I look forward to reading more.


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Poe's style of writing involved 'getting into the persona' of the various first or principal characters in his books. It's a bit like method acting, where an actor takes on the personality of his/her role. In doing this he could vary his perspective and style. Interesting piece Roldens, nice writing. Keep it up.

Nevertheless, if you use 'that' a little too often, it slows down the reading pace. Use the word judiciously - a way of working out if you're slowing down the narrative is by reading it out to yourself before 'going to print'. You'll get the hang of it after a while.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

okay my friend thank you.....for your comment........I respect your suggestion because i like to accept advice from people who are smater and older than me.....


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Huey19 4 years ago from Chicago

I can see that you and I have similar tastes in the things we like to write about. I unfortunately haven't posted many of my literary analysis. But what i suggest since Poe is an interesting poet to decipher, is that you check out his "Fall of the House of Usher." Insanity plays an important role in that tale as well. Great write, i admire your effort to point out the details!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Okay thank you so much my friend for your comment....I will read it...


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Being older isn't necessarily smarter. You'll pick up on that as you go along. I'm just a bit 'picky' about the writing, that's all. You're doing all right, just keep your nose to the grindstone and you'll get through!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Okay my friend..Thank you so much.....


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catfish33 4 years ago from Maryland

Very nicely done. I'm a Poe nut myself, and the Telltale Heart is one of my favorites of his.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Yeah .....okay...The telltale heart is really funny to me my friend.....


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Paul what an awesome hub. I love Poe too.thank you for the follow

I will share on Facebook

Debbie


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Okay thank you so much my friend.....


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Well done and well written. You get to the "heart of the matter" in Poe's writing and that is the psychological horror or fear many of his protagonists have. You review these two stories very well. Much luck and best wishes in your future endeavors. You have done very well in your education here in the U.S.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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HendrikDB 4 years ago

A detailed and thorough article - it shows that you put in an effort for this piece. Thanks!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for you're thoughts on a few of Mr. Poes famous stories. Wishing you well. Voted up. Welcome to Hub Pages. This is a great place to write, and have a lot of fun.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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bwhite062007 4 years ago from East Coast

It was great to read your view on The Black Cat. It was always a favorite story read when I was in school and one of my favorites along with The Raven. Great writing and voted up!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

I have enjoyed Poe for years, and find his work both disturbing and enlightening. Your work on him and his methods was well done. By chance, have you ever listened to any of the songs from the album "Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe" by the Alan Parsons Project? The Telltale Heart is a well done song, with the heartbeat pounding away in the background, and the singer relaying frantically the storyline. Take a shot at it; see what you thihnk.


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

Okay Mr. Archer, I will.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

You have done well to write this HUB. Poe is one scary guy!


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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grand old lady 4 years ago from Philippines

Initially I thought this hub would be about yourself. Then I found out it was a Poe review. I very much appreciate your review. I had always limited Poe to Annabel Lee and The Raven. I love how you pointed out that Poe explored the dark side in the stories you review. And I love that you pointed out how he likes to write psychological stories. Definitely, I will have to revisit Poe. Voted up and I look forward to reading more of your works:)


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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Well written and thought provoking I really enjoyed this hub. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work. Poe,always a favorite of mine still is and always will be leader of the pact for the development of our modern day psychological thrillers.


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paulynice roldens 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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Highland Terrier 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

I have heard of Poe but never read him, but I have to say that having read your essay, I might give a try.

Good Essay, informative and interesting.

Makes a person think.

voted up


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paulynice roldens 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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RealityTalk 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Very interesting reading.

It is nice to know others read Poe. I have loved Poe since childhood. Of all the possessions my parents amassed over the years, the one thing I asked them to give me (and they did) was a complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe books dated the early 1900s.

Very good luck on your ambitions to become a CPA.


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Annie Miller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors. You did a great job with this Hub. I enjoyed reading it.


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paulynice roldens 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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Beth Beardall 3 years ago

The Tell - Tale Heart is a wonderful example of an unreliable narrator. Can you trust what he says about himself? Is he crazy or just hyper sensitive as he suggests? Good work on bringing out the importance of narrator point of view in your essay. Poe was a great story writer.


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paulynice roldens 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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World Earth 3 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

Been a while since I read any Poe thanks for reminding me how dark and ahead of his time he was.


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paulynice roldens 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida Author

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rebelogilbert 2 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

I saw an old movie about the "Tell-Tale Heart" on Turner's Movie Classics channel. I think you would really like it. I thought it was incredible. It's good to see you fully analyzing Poe's short stories.


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Brittany Kussman 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Poe is my favorite writer and I loved what you captured here about those two tales. You should check out The Masque of the Red Death. It is a terrific and horrifying tale one of my favorites. Great hub thanks again for sharing you knowledge on the tales I enjoyed reading your work.


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tricomanagement 2 years ago

Although Poe is not my favorite author, his works are such that make me stop and think about what is going on with him and his works. You did a great job - thank you for your time and consideration of Pos's works.

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