Magdalen Wing-chi Ki’s Analysis of “The Tell-Tale Heart”

In an article, by Magdalen Wing-chi Ki, which pertains to The Tell-Tale Heart and other works by Edgar Allan Poe, Wing-chi Ki describes how Poe uses the Ego-Evil in his stories as well as the Superego-Evil. The Ego-Evil consists of the elevation of self-love and the Superego-Evil consists of fanatical devotion. These play a key role in this story because of the narrator displaying his own need before that of the innocent old man. His need to rid himself of the evil eye is what makes it so that he is able to commit the murder. Wing-chi Ki also describes how Poe’s characters are aware of the difference between right and wrong but remain oblivious to their own sins, just as the narrator does in The Tell-Tale Heart. Wing-chi Ki also states that Poe’s characters do not remain oblivious for long though, due to the inquisitive gaze of others, which leaves them in hysterics and eventually to the confession of their misdeeds. Wing-chi Ki also states that the characters’ confessions often do not lead to their redemption or a showing of guilt.

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