The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe: Synopsis

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“The Tell-Tale Heart”
By Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe is the strange story. The narrator began the story by recognizing that he was nervous and he denied the fact that he was insane. He admitted that he wanted to kill the old man because he obsessed with a bird’s eye of the old man. The narrator went to the old man’s room with his lantern every night, at twelve a.m., for seven days. But always the old man’s eye was closed. On the eighth night, the old man heard the narrator at the door and woke up. The narrator did not answer and remained in place, not moving anything, for an entire hour. The narrator heard a horrible sound and began to open the lantern. Now he could see the old man’s eye. Again he heard something. That was the beating of the old man’s heart. It grew louder and louder. The old man cried loudly and died. The narrator dragged the old man off the bed, then cut him up and hid his remains under the floor. At four o’clock in the morning, three policemen arrived. A neighbor heard a scream and notified the police. The narrator claimed the old man was out of town. They all sat down to chat. Suddenly, the narrator started hearing a terrible noise, which got louder and louder until the narrator confessed his murderer and pointed the police to the old man’s body, and that sound came from the old man’s heart. The young man believed that he could hear the old man’s heart beating because of a result of the young man’s feelings of guilt. The young man obsessed over the low beat of the old man’s heart. He truly loved and really did not want to kill the old man but his eyes. The more the young man claimed his good manners, the more he could not escape the beating of his own heart, which he was wrong that the old man’s heart beating.
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