The theme of "The Tell-Tale Heart", a gothic fiction story by Edgar Allan Poe is don't commit a crime because in the end, the guilty conscience may lead you to confess. In the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe writes in paragraph 18, “Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!— tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!” This shows that as the beating of the heart continues in his head he continues to get more and more tense. He cant take the sound he is hearing is unbearable and he rips out the wooden planks and takes out the corpse in front of the policemen. He could not take the beating because of his guilt and he went insane.
The main characters are the Old Man, The murderer, and the narrator. The story takes place in a house where the old man and the narrator lives.
The conflict is that the main narrator loves the old man but he really does not his eye. It is an eye of a vulture the narrator said so he needed to get rid of the horrendous eye he decided that he was going to take the life of the old man.
An important rising action scene is when the old man hears a sound and stays up in his bed for more than an hour. Meanwhile the narrator is hiding in the shadows waiting for the old man to go back to sleep and realizing that there is nobody else in the room except himself.
The climax is when the narrator kills the old man so he does not have to deal with his wretched eye anymore.
After the narrator had killed the old man he buried him in the floor and the neighbors had suspected something so the police came to the narrator's house and as they were having a good conversation the narrator could hear a beating it sounded like the beating of the old man it got to the point where we went insane and dug out the old man.
The result in this mess was the narrator went insane and could not take the beating of the heart and the police man were laughing and smiling which made the narrator even more insane.