The Tell Tale Heart

by: Edgar Allen Poe

Summary

The tale tall heart” is a tale of horror. It reflects psychology of a killer . He kills an old man just because he does not like the old mans vulture like eye.The reasonis not sound enough for a murder. But the murderer is not a mad man. He commits the murder concisely and very methodically. He goes to the mans house at midnight with a muffled light. He pushes the bedroom dooropen just a little and finds the old man in his sleep. The old man wakes up. The killer waits a few minutes. Then he ,again, peeps in and finds the old man lying awake. He looks at the mans vulture eye in disgust and bursts in. he pulls the old man off his bed and overturns the heavy bed on him. In this way he smothers the old man to death. Then he chop the dead body into pieces and conceals the pieces under the wooden floor.

Just then 3 policemen enter the house and ask questions about the crythat was heard in the street. It came from the old mans house. The killer tells him it was his own cries in a dream. He says the old man had left him to watch over the house, and that he slept in the house. He hears the old mans heart beating under the floor, and as his fear grows till he cries out into confession, declaring that he had killed the old man. He is then arrested and taken away.

Inference

"He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye!" - This can make you infer that the story is going to have to be about the old mans eye, because the narrarator said, "I think it was his eye" and so you have to think that theres going to be something about an old mans eye."No doubt I now grew very pale; --but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased --and what could I do?" - this part ofthe story (near the end) made me infer that he was nervous and might give into pure presure, because he even says, "No doubt I now grew very pale; --but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice", he grew very pale, and talked with a heightened voice, which means hes nervous.

Conflict

The conlict is the murderer (the narrarator) against the old man and his eye. Its the old mans eye because he says, "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", so the conflict is man vs. mental in more ways than others, because if it wernt for the old mans vulture like eye, he wouldnt have killed him in the first place. It was resolved by The killer killing the old man.

Character

The killer is a round character in the story because at first he murders the old man but then confesses.