The Tell-Tale Heart

By Edgar Allan poe

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The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story about a young man that was driven mad by his master's "Evil eye." ("A pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold.") Eventually the narrator decided that the only way to rid himself of the eye was to kill the old man. ("I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever.") After he had made the decision to kill the old man, he began to watch the old man at night while he was sleeping. Eventually after a week, he decided that he could no longer bare having to see the 'evil eye' any longer. So after the old man went to sleep on the eight night, he made his move. ("I dragged him to the floor and pulled the heavy bed over him.") A couple hours after the old man had been murdered, the police showed up to investigate. The narrator was very calm at first, but towards the end of the story he started growing more and more anxious. He had thought that the police officers were mocking him, that they knew about him killing the old man. Eventually, he couldn't handle it any longer, and he confessed to the murder. ("Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!")