The narrator freezes, but even after an hour, the old man does not return to sleep because he feels afraid and senses someone's presence. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. His psychological instability condemns him before anything else does. This theory works if you see the old man as simply an old man. At the same time, the narrator hears a knock at the street door. The eye is undoubtedly the motive behind the mad narrators murder and crimes.
Ironically, the narrator offers as proof of his sanity the calmness with which he can narrate the story. Again there can be debate over what exactly the metaphor is for, and there really is not right or wrong answer if the theory can be supported. It is the police, who have been alerted to a worrying sound from the address and want to search the property. The police have arrived, having been called by a neighbor who heard the old man shriek. It represents the journey to death. At this time, the narrator feels no remorse about what he is going to do. It was a low, dull, quick sound --much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton.
But Poe did also write a poem about bells- I believe it was titled such- and it was all about life and being young and growing old and dying. And now a new anxiety seized me --the sound would be heard by a neighbour! The heartbeat that the narrator hears getting louder and louder, is only in his own mind, and is a symbol of his guilty conscience in the story. Is it possible the narrator hears his own heart? He then dismembers the body and hides the pieces below the floorboards in the bedroom. The beating heart that he hears symbolizes the tale of guilt. Yet, for some minutes longer I refrained and stood still.
The narrator seems to think that a person can only be mad if they aren't methodical. A sliver of light filters through the crack in the door and falls directly on the old man's wide-open blind eye. And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense? Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. The bedroom is the place where we usually feel safe; most of the time, when we are on the bed, we are usually vulnerable because of a lack of sense of crisis. The narrator becomes more and more agitated in his behavior, gesturing wildly and pacing back and forth, but the policemen hear and suspect nothing.
The Tell-Tale Heart means without the heart there is not tale. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept. According to the story, this kind of condition is not a result that the narrator wants. Each time the watch is mentioned, or the watch ticks, the narrator remembers his own mortality. However, Poe write the bedroom as a dangerous place where might even be killed. Early Greek was not too different, especially the dialect of Koine Greek spoken in Israel and in which much of the New Testament was written.
I had been too wary for that. So I opened it --you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily --until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye. Though he does not seem to understand he is feeling guilty, that is what causes him to he … ar the beating of the heart, the loud noise in his ears. He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. The bell to me means the end.
The narrator mentions several times of the ticking clock he hears while waiting and watching the old man. The ringing became more distinct: --It continued and became more distinct: I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but it continued and gained definiteness --until, at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears. So I opened it --you cannot imagine how stealthily,stealthily --until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread ofthe spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon thevulture eye. This is clearly a symbol of the narrator guilt he has from just the night before, that he can no longer take. These two factors cause his heart rate to accelerate to the point that his heartbeat is pounding in his ears so loudly that he cannot stand the psychological pressure any longer. The heart beat the narrator hears correlates with the burden of murder he has on his mind. I fairly chuckled at the idea; and perhaps he heard me; for he moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled.
It brings out the hatred and evil in the narrator and causes him to go insane. The old man's hour had come! I showed them his treasures, secure, undisturbed. This continues for a week but he is not able to accomplish his goal. With the heart pounding above the man's head, it was a metahpor for gult. Darkness is usually associated with evil.