“How then am I mad”? 5
My client compares the sound he hears of the heart beat to that of a watch, something that tells
time. This further proves his fear of death and running out of time.
Vultures are associated with death. Eric was so obsessed with avoiding death that he kills the old
man whose ‘vulture eye’ remind him of it. It is common knowledge that a dead person has no
heartbeat. Eris’s claim that he hears the heartbeat of the dead old man is prove of his insanity.
According to my client, the old man’s time is ticking away. Eric is hearing things that were not
there. During his confession he claimed to have a very acute sense of hearing. Evidence shows
that he heard all things in the heaven and earth and heard many things in hell. Eric cannot tell the
difference between things he actually hears and things that he is just imagining. Eric has a hard
time distinguishing between fantasy and reality. He is clearly insane.
Before killing the old man, Eric stood by the door listening to the heart beat of the old man. “I
though the heart must burst. And now a new anxiety seized me –the sound would be heard by a
neighbor! The old man’s hour had come” (Poe 25).Quickly Eric dragged the old man and threw
the bed over him. “Yes he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held there
many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eyes would trouble me no more
(Poe, 25).This statement indicates Eric is psychotic and messed up in the head. While he was
doing the act of killing the old man he probably didn’t realize what he was doing. He could not
distinguish between fantasy from reality. He could not manage his own affairs and he was
subject to impulse behavior that was beyond his control.
“Now I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when
enveloped in cotton” (page 61). This statement is prove that Eric is insane since a sane person
cannot hear the sound that a watch makes when it is in cotton. Only an insane person can hear
things that are actually not in existence. The statement “The right waned, and I worked hastily,