The Tell Tale Heart

By Edgar Allan Poe


"I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." The narrator in this story or the author or main character of this play thought he had to kill and old man because of his fake eye that came from a vulture because he was slowly driving him to a point where some thought of him as crazy. He came to point where he realized that, in fact he could no longer bare the staring at him with a hideous gray veil.


Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work! This is the thought of the narrator as he ventures into the room for seven nights to watch the old man sleep.


Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch's minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. This is the narrators thought upon the eighth night when he opens the door and the old man wakes up. He then kills the old man and hides his body parts under the floor boards and the cops show up to look around. towards the end of the visit the narrator offers the cops a drink and sits above the floor board as the night goes on he hears and beating heart this is the point he goes mad. he tears up floorboards and turns himself in.