The Tell-Tale Heart

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  • In "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator wants to get rid of her roommate because he had an evil "vulture eye." But each night when she went in to kill him, his eye was closed. So she waited.
  • Then, one night, the latch on the lantern slipped and woke him up. His eye was open when the light shined upon it.
  • She killed him and put his body under the boards beneath his bed.
  • Early the next morning, the police came to her door after having been told by a neighbor of hearing a scream in the night.
  • The narrator calmly lets them in because she is confident in her crime. Soon, though, she begins to hear what sounds like a muffled heartbeat sound that gets louder and louder.
  • The noise finally drives her mad, and she confesses to the police and shows them the body. "It is the beating of the old man's heart!" she said.
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