The Tell - Tale Heart

By: Edgar Allan Poe


"It is impossible for me to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived it haunted me day and night". In the story " The Tell - Tale Heart" the narrator plans to kill the old man due to his as the narrator said the vulture eye bothered him. " So you see he would have been a very profound man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept." In the part of the story the narrator was looking each night to see if the eye was open, he could not do his work unless the eye was open. On the eighth night his thumb slipped on the tin of his lantern and woke the old man, he decided he must do it then and go into the room to smother the old . " I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!

"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!". In the end the narrator has convinced the police that nothing is wrong but his own continence gets the best of him and confessed to the police that he murdered the old man.