The Tell-Tale Heart

By Edgar Allan Poe Summary By: Clay Rodriguez


"It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived it haunted me day and night." The narrator plans a way to rid himself of the old man with the pale blue vulture eye by killing him during the night. As the narrator said the vulture eye bothered him. " indeed to suspect that every night only at twelve I looked in upon him while he slept." The narrator watched him every night waiting for the eye to be open but it was always closed. "On the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door." The narrator then makes a noise causing the old man to spring to life and suddenly the narrator freezes and opens the lantern and shines it on the old mans vulture eye. Then he attacks the old man killing him but not before the old man shrieks. Then the next day the police arrive and start asking questions about the noise. The narrator invites them in until he gets nervous and starts hearing the beating of the old mans heart. Until he gives in to the agony and tells the police everything.