Tell-Tale Heart

Updated: 9/15/2021
Tell-Tale Heart

Storyboard Text

  • Poe is trying to convince us that he is not going mad or insane, he just feels that the eye of the old man he takes care of resembled a vulture...And Poe wanted it gone.
  • "You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me."
  • Poe has been paying attention to the old mans every move and decided upon the eight night, he would carry out the "perfect murder". He had planned and gone over everything so cautiously.
  • "It is impossible to say how the first entered my brain; but once conceived , it haunted me day and night."
  • Upon the eight night, Poe had entered the old man's room. Poe approached the old man growing more and more nervous. He saw the old man's eye open wide and panicked and all that he had planned fell apart.
  • "AAAAHHH"
  • "AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH"
  • Poe dragged the old man off of his bed, onto the floor and suffocated him. Poe started to feel proud and overjoyed that the eye was gone.
  • "He is stone dead...His eye would trouble me no more."
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  • Poe took wise precautions to conceal the body. He dismembered the corpse, cutting off the arms and the legs. He took planks from the flooring of the chamber and covered it up perfectly. Poe was praising himself. He truly believed he had committed the perfect murder.
  • "No human eye, not even his, could have detected anything wrong. There was nothing to wash out. No stain of any kind."
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  • At 4:00 a.m. , 3 cops came in knocking on Poe's door as a neighbor heard a shriek during the night and has suspicion of foul play. Poe welcomed the cops and offered them some tea. All of a sudden, Poe started to hear a beating heart and was sure that the cops had caught him for his crimes.
  • "It grew louder - louder - louder! Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! - no, no? They heard! Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed!"