the theme of "The Tell-Tale Heart", a gothic fiction story by Edgar Allan Poe, is don't commit a crime because your guilty conscience could drive you insane. In paragraph 17, the narrator can hear the heart-beat of the man in the floorboards. it got louder and louder. and the louder it got the more he went crazy. the sound made him so insane that he confessed to the murder of the man. this shows that doing something that isn't ideal, can haunt you forever, even if your not caught.
the old man
the main characters in this short story are the old man with the vulture like eye ( the main problem ) and the narrator ( the killer )
the conflict is the mans eye. it makes the narrator go crazy, and turn into the a madman. this is the starting of all problems
the most suspenseful part is when the murder is about to take place. he creeps slowly into the mans room to kill him. he slowly opens the door every night to watch the old man. it is suspenseful because don't know what's gonna happen, and puts you at the edge of your seat
the most interesting part is when the unsuspecting man ends up getting killed by the madman( narrator ). And places his remains into the floorboards
when he killed the man, his muffled sounds worried the neighbors, so they called the police. the man wasn't afraid of the officers checking the place because he had hid the body so well that you wouldn't be able to tell anything ever happened, not even the old man's. he took them to the room where he killed the man and offered them tea. he put his own chair on the man's remains as victory
the guilt of killing an innocent overwhelms him and he doesn't know what to do. the man's heartbeat the moment he was about to get killed, runs through the narrator's mind. it makes him go crazy. so crazy where he confesses to the murder of the man, and even shows them where he hid the body. his conscience gets the best of him
“Yes! Yes, I killed him. Pull up the boards and you shall see! I killed him. But why does his heart not stop beating?! Why does it not stop!?