Fear Mechanism in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart

Abdalhadi Nimer Abdalqader Abu Jweid


This article studies anxious psyche in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The study is going to examine the story’s main character who suffers from bewilderment and anxiety. In the course of the story, there is an implicit mystery that makes the reader perceive the events in an unexpected way. Poe builds his story’s events on a narrative manner that make the reader suspicious. He gives the reader the opportunity to in interpret the story according to the expected events. Yet, the story does not end in according to the reader expectation. According, the current study will analyze the events from a psychological way. It will employ the concept of anxiety to discover the main character’s agitated psyche. The character meet unusual and abnormal coincidences ate the same time. These coincidences make him anxious. Here, my analysis will set out to discuss the gradual phases of the character’s anxiety. Additionally, my analysis will examine the character’s deteriorated psyche by using the concept of anxiety.



Anxiety; Paranoia; Poe; Psychoanalysis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11872


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