The story is told through the eyes of a mad man. Who, like all of us, believed that he was sane. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” the character is trying to convince the reader that he is not mad. He attempts to tell the story as calmly and precisely as he possibly can, but occasionally goes into a frenzy rant. The character in this story is clearly mentally disturbed and insane. He admits that he has a disease but that it has “sharpen his senses not dulled them.” The character says that the old man has done him no wrong and has never insulted him. It was not the old man that bothered him, it was his “evil” eye. The eye drove him crazy, and he would do anything to get rid of it. He slowly describes how carefully and cautiously he enters the room with the lantern, pushing the door open steadily. When he was about to turn on the lantern the old man sprang up from bed. He didn’t move a muscle. That “evil” eye was wide open; he stared at it and became furious. He can feel the old man’s heart beating louder and louder, so loud it would have burst any second. He muffled the man, he was dead. He hears a knocking; the police said that the neighbors reported a scream. He starts making up stories and suddenly he hears a heart beating, it drives him crazy. He couldn’t stand it anymore and admits his deed.