Illustration by Harry Clarke"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a first-person narrative of an unnamed narrator, who insists he is sane but is suffering from a disease nervousness which causes " over-acuteness of the senses ".
The disease had sharpened my senses - not destroyed - not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.
Object there was none.
Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire.
I think it was his eye! He had the eye of a vulture - a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees - very gradually - I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded - with what caution - with what foresight - with what dissimulation I went to work!
I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it - oh so gently!
And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in!
It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously - oh, so cautiously - cautiously for the hinges creaked - I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye.The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
Illustrations for The Tell-Tale Heart were drawn by Harry Clarke, from Edgar Allan Poe's collection, Tales of Mystery and Imagination (). We feature it in our collection of Halloween Stories, Short Stories for Middle School II and The Unreliable Narrator.
The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe "The Tell-Tale Heart" by writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in It is relayed by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity while simultaneously describing a murder he committed.
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"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in It is relayed by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of the narrator’s sanity while simultaneously describing a murder he committed.