Academic Article 1 on “The Tell-Tale Heart”

Ego-Evil and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by: Magdalen Wing-chi Ki

The Focus is on the Eye

This article suggests that in The Tell-Tale the old man’s eye is a symbol of Ego-Evil. That is, that the ego sees and judges the other subjectively but the other has the “power to look back and topple the ego, while the other-in-the-self can further derail the self.” Ego-evil is about the self’s “over identification with its views and interests” which leads to a narcissistic qualities.

The author shows  this through…

  • Biblical essence
  • Focus on the “eye” and “I”

He claims that there are two different stages of Ego-Evil throughout the story as the narrator describes himself through the narcissistic eye, the malicious glare, and the enigmatic gaze of the other:

  1. The eye’s “supercilious self-empowerment”
  2. The way of the eye
    1. always on the side of the Subject and its narcissistic fantasy

Ego-Evil and “The Tell-Tale Heart”

Wing-chi Ki, Magdalen. “Ego-Evil And “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Renascence 61.1 (2008): 25-38. Academic Search Elite. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.

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