The Tell-Tale Heart

Villains!” I shrieked, “Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! –tear up the planks! Here, here! –It is the beating of his hideous heart!” – The Narrator 

“The Tell-Tale Heart” was first published in January 1843 and begins like many an Edgar Allen Poe’s tales with an unnamed narrator addressing the reader.  Our narrator claims that he is nervous but not mad and that he will defend his sanity with a story that begins with a confession of murder.  The motivation for this murder neither of passion nor for the desire of money,  but rather the fear of the man’s pale blue “vulturious” eye.  The tale tail heart is a study of paranoia and mental deterioration after the murder of an old man.  Our narrator offers no conflict to his guilt but only seeks to attain the evidence of his sanity. I found it a strange tale akin to a child doing something wrong and admitting to the deed before they are found out. The ticking or throbbing of the heart the narrators once conscience thumping away until they cannot bear it and must confess all or die. It is a very short story, surprisingly short in fact for as much as I have seen references to it in popular culture.


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