the tell tale heart

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the tell tale heart

The Tell-Tale HeartBY: Benjamin Harper and Edgar Allan Poe

It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards.

-The old man -The 3 Policeman -The neighbour-The narrator

For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! ... He had the eye of a vulture a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees  very gradually I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.”

One of the major theme in this story is The Tell-Tale Heart” are guilt and madness. The narrator is seemingly unable to cope with his guilt and eventually confesses everything to the police, ruining his “perfect crime.” The narrator’s sanity is also in question. His justifications for killing the old man and his actions throughout the story suggest that the narrator has, in fact, descended into madness.

The house, where the narrator shares with the old man where the murder takes place and the location from which the narrator tells his story, presumably a prison or an asylum for the criminally insane.

It was the beating of the old man's heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” “I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth.I heard many things in hell.” “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.”

StyleThe style of "The Tell-Tale Heart" accurately matches up with the protagonist's character. The protagonist is not simply the story's narrator; he is an unreliable narrator. Further, he is an emotionally unstable narrator.The narrator often speaks in short, sharp sentences.


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