The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe and published in 1943. The tale is told by a clearly disturbed narrator who murders an old man because of the way the old man's eye looks, and then hides the corpse, but begins having delusions related to his crime, but all the while insists that he's not crazy.



  • Nothing.


  • No reason is given to why the narrator murders the old man, other than his eye, which the narrator doesn't like. I assume this was does purposely to make the narrator seem more crazy, but it just makes the violence seem even more senseless, which I don't like in fiction.


  • The story is just depressing and dark for no reason. At least with Poe's similar work, The Black Cat, he tried to impart a moral, but here it's just a story about a crazy person murdering someone else.