Overview

One of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales, “The Tell-Tale Heart” was first published in the journal The Pioneer in 1843. The story is a first-person narrative whose narrator desperately tries to convince the reader of his sanity as he describes how he murdered his housemate, an old man, because he believes one of the old man’s eyes is evil. Despite his meticulous cleaning up of the scene, the narrator ultimately confesses to the crime after he hears the old man’s heart beating underneath the floorboards.

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