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 it states, "But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now again hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!" This highlights how the he couldn't stand knowing that he killed someone he loved and that he felt everyone knew he killed the old man and then he finally confessed to the cops and told them everything.
The narrator's house, and he tells us how he is not insane he loves the old man.
The narrator loves the old man but is eye drives him insane.
When the narrator goes into the old man's room and sees his eye like he is watching him!
Ok I did it! Look under the slabs, I killed the old man!
When the narrator kills the old man.
The narrator can hear the old man's heart beating even though he had just killed him.
The narrator convinces himself that everyone can hear the old man's heart. And so he bursts out and confesses to the cops what he did to the old man.