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the-tell-tale-heart-edgar-allan-poeThemesMental HealthThe narrator repeatedly argues he is sane, despite his erratic storytelling and bizarre excuses.Tension & TimeAs the narrator counts days and hours surrounding the crime, tension increases until the dead old mans heartbeat mirrors a ticking clock.ConfinementBeing stuck in a house with an old man and his scary eye makes the narrator feel trapped.Narratore was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more.Sources: Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe by Dawn B. Sova, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Poe MuseumCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Am I Mad?OVERVIEWDistrustThe narrator grows more and more upset by the clouded blue eye of the old man.1MurderOne night the narrator drags a mattress over the old man and suffocates him.3StealthAt night the narrator slips into the old mans room to stare at him.25GuiltWhen the police come to investigate, the narrator thinks he hears the old mans heart beating.An unnamed, seemingly unhinged person narrates a suspenseful storyin The Tell-Tale Heart.” Upset by the Evil Eye of the old man he works for, the narrator skulks into the mans room at night to indulge a fascination with killing him—only to discover the eye closed. Finally one night the eyeis open, leading to murder and terrible guilt.123454DismembermentDisposing of the body involves chopping it up and placing it under the floorboards.Nights the narrator spies on the old man before committing the crimeHour the narrator spends not moving in the old mans doorway when the old man hears himHour in the morning when the police come to question the narratorand find him awake471Amount Poe was paid to publish The Tell-Tale Heart” in The Pioneer after it was rejected by Boston Miscellany$10The Tell-Tale Heartby the NumbersPoe is revered as an American Gothic writer who dealt with murder and guilt in surprising and sometimes clinical ways. Generations of readers are familiar with the dark suspense of The Tell-Tale Heart,” an example of the often disturbing but brilliantly executed writing in Poes short stories.EDGAR ALLAN POE1809–49AuthorMain CharactersNarratorWorks for the old man; enraged and terrified by the Evil Eye Old ManPossessor of the Evil Eye; never harms the narratorEdgar Allan Poe1843EnglishShort StoryAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Tell-Tale HeartHorror

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