The Tell Tale Heart

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Essay on The Tell Tale Heart
The following essay is presented as a dialog in which a psychiatrist provides inside about the main protagonist in Edgar Alan Poe´s "The Tell Talel Heart"
How would you describe the suspect’s mental state of mind?
The suspects mind seems to be separating from reality. In my book he fits into the category of a pure sociopath. Through my ongoing therapy I have learned that the suspect suffers from unresolved childhood trauma, and long lasted antisocial behaviour. The suspect suffers from an identity crisis, and has a difficult time telling reality from his own thoughts. Throughout our conversations the suspect has refused any cooperation between him and me and has been hostile and rejectable throughout the whole experience. He knows who he is at this moment but that moment could pass at any time and then his traumatised mind dictates his action.
Why do you think the suspect admitted to his crimes?
An unbearable amount of guilt forced the suspect into admitting the murder. Just like his mind dictated his decision to murder the victim, his mind also forced him to admit it. At the arrival of the police the suspect told himself that his crime was already discovered and thus he felt he had no other choice but to surrender.
If the suspect felt that large amount of guilt then why did he kill the victim?
Like I mentioned earlier the suspect jumps in and out of his own subverted version of reality. In those moments the suspect speaks of him not having any choice of the matter. Killing the victim was an action forced by mental issues.
What action do you recommend regarding the suspect?
Since the suspect cannot be trusted with himself I recommend that the suspect is put in a state hospital for the criminally insane. I recommend that he is put in a closed and monitored environment where he can be analysed. I recommend that he over goes…...

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