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Nightmares, Dreams and Depression as Portrayed in “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar
A. Poe
In the story by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrative is displayed as a nightmare which is as
a result of depression. The narrator wants to convince us that he is not mad. At the beginning
of the story, he starts by questioning why anyone would think that he is mad. It is evident
when he tries to justify his deeds; he has a reason behind it. He wants to narrate this story
calmly, but he ends up ranting occasionally. When we look carefully at the story, it portrays
a person who is emotionally broken and who demonstrates some level of madness. This kind
of behaviour is mostly as a result of depression and stress. He seems to be having some inner
conflict with his soul, which in return, he inflicts on himself.
In real life, we happen to suffer from depression without knowing. Mostly we take it
normally until someone understands what is happening and abrupt measures are taken to heal.
People suffer from depression and stress that are caused by issues they cannot explain or
rather things that are associated with their childhood troubles. For example, the narrator
clearly says that the old man was good to him, and he never hurt him in any manner. But the
only reason he felt that the man had an evil eye and that was the only reason he hated him.
Why would anyone hate someone who has never hurt them before? It is not normal unless
someone is undergoing some mental problems.
All this narrative by Edgar sounds like a dream, things that we can dream of but never
happen in real life. If we scrutinize the way he narrates it, it is equal to a horrific dream
whereby no one understands why they, first of all, had it. He sometimes questions his actions
as if they were not true. He would even question some of his actions, which leave us with a
lot of questions on if he was sober or not. For example, the way he gives the police a place to
relax because they were so tired, or in the instance he also pulls his chair and sits on top of
where he had kept the body parts of the old man. He also questions his courage when dealing

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Nightmares, Dreams and Depression as Portrayed in “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar A. Poe In the story by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrative is displayed as a nightmare which is as a result of depression. The narrator wants to convince us that he is not mad. At the beginning of the story, he starts by questioning why anyone would think that he is mad. It is evident when he tries to justify his deeds; he has a reason behind it. He wants to narrate this story calmly, but he ends up ranting occasionally. When we look carefully at the story, it portrays a person who is emotionally broken and who dem ...
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