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Overview

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Author

Edgar Allan Poe

Year Published

1843

Type

Short Story

Genre

Horror

Perspective and Narrator

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is told by an unreliable first-person narrator. At times the narrator addresses an unidentified audience directly, shifting briefly into second person.

Tense

"The Tell-Tale Heart" uses the present tense when the narrator addresses the audience and then shifts to the past tense when he retells his story.

About the Title

The title of this story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," has two closely related meanings. First, it refers to the heart of the murdered man, which the narrator hears beneath the floorboards. Second, it refers to the narrator's own emotion, which betrays him.

Summary

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