Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe – Reinterpretation

In this assignment, we were asked to read The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and find a passage and change it into a different perspective or point of view. What I did was that I changed the first person perspective of the madman to a third person limited perspective limited to the Evil Eye: “It’s not its fault that it looks the way it is. It’s not its fault it looks like a vulture’s eye. Nobody seems to care, but one man. It knows he puts on a fake smile when he’s around. It can tell that he hates it, just because it looks like a vulture’s eye.”  I did this because the eye was what the madman was afraid of the most and wanted to destroy the most but the protagonist of the story was also kind of the antagonist because he was a psychopathic murderer. To me, murderers are more frightening when you can’t predict what they’re going to do next so I chose a third person limited perspective to put some distance between the reader, the eye and the madman: “When the darkness comes and all the eye can see is the bottom of the eyelid, it knows the man comes. He is careful since the eye can see almost nothing, but it can feel the presence of a wicked being.”

“It’s not its fault that it looks the way it is. It’s not its fault it looks like a vulture’s eye. Nobody seems to care, but one man. It knows he puts on a fake smile when he’s around. It can tell that he hates it, just because it looks like a vulture’s eye. He takes good care of the man who owns it, making sure he’s safe. But it knows his hidden intentions, it can see it. It knows he’s mad. It might not seem like it’s possible, but it can see it, for it is an eye, a pale blue eye with a grey film over it. He acts as though he’s not mad and it knows, and that’s probably why he wants to get rid of it. It can see the madness boiling inside the madman, the madman who claims to be perfectly fine. When the darkness comes and all the eye can see is the bottom of the eyelid, it knows the man comes. He is careful since the eye can see almost nothing, but it can feel the presence of a wicked being. He would undo the lantern so carefully and so slowly just so a single ray fell upon the covered eye. For seven long nights, he did this, and this it knows for it stays awake during the night. Even so, the eye can tell that he’s being careful. For seven long nights, the eye sees the light shining but the source of the light doesn’t do anything. He stays there, not moving, and not reaching out for the kill. It knows why he won’t move. It knows why he won’t kill. For it was not the host that vexed him, but the Evil Eye.”