Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
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  • The narrator tries to prove himself sane.
  • "TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am...How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story."
  •  "carefully, I lifted the cloth, just a little, so that a single, thin, small light fell across that eye. For seven nights I did this, seven long nights, every night at midnight. Always the eye was closed..." 
  • The narrator spies on the old man while he is sleeping, but his eye is closed
  • "The eighth night I was more than usually careful as I opened the door...The old man was lying there not dreaming that I was at his door. Suddenly he moved in his bed... Suddenly the old man sat straight up in bed and cried, “Who’s there??!” 
  • On the eight night, the narrator opens the door and wakes the old man
  • Who's there?!?
  • 'Slowly, little by little, I lifted the cloth, until a small, small light escaped from under it to fall upon — to fall upon that vulture eye! It was open — wide, wide open...The time had come! I rushed into the room, crying, “Die! Die!” The old man gave a loud cry of fear as I fell upon him and held the bed covers tightly over his head" 
  • The narrator sees the eye, kills the old man, and buries him under the floorboards.
  • Welcome!
  • The police show up, he welcomes them, and shows them around.  " I took them through the whole house, telling them to search it all, to search well. I led them finally into the old man’s bedroom. As if playing a game with them I asked them to sit down and talk for a while" 
  • He feels guilty and admits the crime to the police who knew all along
  • Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
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