Tell Tale Heart

Tell Tale Heart

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a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. It is relayed by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity while simultaneously describing a murder he committed. The victim was an old man with a filmy "vulture-eye", as the narrator calls it. The narrator emphasizes the careful calculation of the murder, and he hides the body by dismembering it, and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately, the narrator's feelings of guilt, or a mental disturbance, result in him hearing a thumping sound, which he interprets as the dead man's beating heart (Wikipedia, 2018)

Storyboard Text

  •  I did not hate the old man; I even loved him. He had never hurt me. I did not want his money. I think it was his eye.
  •  His eye was like the eye of a vulture, the eye of one of those terrible birds that watch and wait while an animal dies, and then fall upon the dead body and pull it to pieces to eat it
  • And so, I finally decided I had to kill the old man and close that eye forever!
  • Every night about twelve o’clock I slowly opened his door but on the eighth night, i killed him using  the bed cover until i cannot hear his beating heart.
  • I am so mad that I cut off his head, arms and his legs. I did not let a single drop of blood fall on the floor. I put the pieces of the body under the three of the boards of the floor. I was too careful that no human eye could see what i did.
  • Three police officers came after i was done. I made up a story and they easily believed it. As i talked faster, the sound became clearer. It was the old man's heart beart!  I could not bear it no longer so i pointed  the boards and cried!
  • DUG! DUG! DUG!
  • DUG! DUG! DUG!
  • DUG! DUG! DUG!
  • 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!?
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