The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was a prominent American writer whose writing reflected his tragic life. He began to sell short stories for profit after being forced to leave United States Military Academy for lack of financial support. Over the next decade, Poe published some of his best-known works, including The Fall of the House of Usher (1839), The Raven (1845), and The Cask of Amontillado (1846). It is in these stories that Poe established his unique dark writing style that often have the recurring theme of love and death, syncing with his own sorrow. Already faced poverty, Poe’s life descended even further when his young cousin-wife was found with tuberculosis, the disease that had already claimed Poe’s mother, brother, and foster mother. However,…show more content…
Again, the narrator insisted that he is not crazy because his homicide was so carefully planned in which no madmen could have plotted. He secretly observed the old man’s sleep for a week straight, but felt frustrated when the old man would not open his eye at sleep, preventing the narrator from killing him, since the vulture eye is the only motivation for this murder. On the eight night, the narrator made noises that made the old man open his eyes. Watching the neighbor awake and frightened, the narrator understood and enjoyed old man’s terror. Subsequently he dragged the old man to the floor, pulled the heavy bed over him, and eventually dismembered the body under the bedroom floor. As he finished his job, three police showed up at the door. The narrator invited them into the house with an impeccable composure. Proud of his perfect murder, the narrator even sat the police at the crime scene, where the old man’s corpse still remained. The police suspected nothing; however, as the conversation continued, the narrator started to hear a terrible noise that gets louder and louder. These noises disrupted narrator’s confidence as he became more paranoid that the police are only here to mock him as they had already discovered his crime. Deranged by the sound, the narrator ultimately confessed his crime to the officers and begged them to tear up the planks, hoping it would stop “the beating of the (old man’s) hideous heart” The protagonist of this story is an
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