The Tell Tale Heart

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The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart By: Benjamin Harper and Edgar Allan Poe

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. 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.

Summary of The Tell Tale Heart


Two major themes in Edgar Allen Poe’s “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.


1. The narrator2. The old man 3. The three policeman4. A neighbour

In a house.

The style in which he writes "The Tell-Tale Heart" constantly pushes us to an emotional response in the hope that we will feel greater empathy. This illustrates how Poe tries to make us complicit in the foul deed that has been committed. The style of "The Tell-Tale Heart" accurately matches up with the protagonist's character.




"I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.""It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night."


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