Quotes"True!"”nervous"”very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?" "I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell."
The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. The story is a chilling tale of murder, guilt, and madness, narrated by an unnamed protagonist who insists on his sanity despite his disturbing actions. The narrator becomes obsessed with the idea of killing an old man because of the man's "vulture eye," and eventually goes through with the gruesome act.
However, after successfully hiding the body beneath the floorboards of his room, the narrator is tormented by the sound of the old man's heart still beating, growing louder and more insistent with each passing moment. Unable to escape the incessant beating and the overwhelming guilt, the narrator ultimately confesses to the crime.
The Tell-Tale Heart is a classic example of Poe's mastery of the macabre and his exploration of the darker aspects of the human psyche. The story has been widely anthologized and adapted for various media, and continues to be a popular and influential work of Gothic fiction.
"True!"”nervous"”very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?"
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