The Tell-Tale Heart

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Summary By: Rebeca Rodriguez

"How, then, am I mad?" said Edgar Allan Poe as he tells the story of a mad man wanting to murder an old vulture eyed man. The old man's eye irritates him because it's unusual," For it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye." The eye, he says, resembles that of a vulture's. The man goes into the old man's room for seven nights in a row, but on the eighth night he makes a turning point, and stealthily opens the door. The old man wakes up, and the mad man shines the light, which makes him see the eye. When he sees the eye he gets indignant at the sight, and shoves the mattress over the man, which then leaves the old man dead. The police then come, and no matter how hard he tries to get the police to leave they won't budge. He thinks he hears the beating of a heart, as he hears it come louder and louder beating like a drum he says "Villains, dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"