The Tell-Tale Heart
The narrator lives with an old man, but their relationship is not described more than that he loves the old man. But it’s the old man’s blind eye that draws the narrator’s attention, and he starts to develop paranoia towards it and felt he was forcedto eliminate the old man. Whenever the eye fell upon him, he felt his blood running cold. But the old man had never done him wrong, not even insulted him. It was the eye he felt was evil, and would do him harm.
For seven whole nights the narrator watched the old man sleep, and the vulture eye was always closed so he could do him no harm. On the eight night the old man woke up because he thought there was someone in his room. He was too afraid to go back to sleep, and for a whole hour the narrator stood still and said nothing. But then the eye gazed upon him, and he could not see anything else about the old man’s face or person but his eye. He felt fury overtake him, as he heard the old man’s heart beat louder and louder in his head. With a loud scream he barged in to the room, dragged the old man to the floor and pulled the heavy bed over him so he suffocated. He then dismembered the corpse and hid it under the floor.
When he had hidden the body and was admiring his work, the doorbell rang. Outside were three police officers. A neighbour had heard a shriek, and was suspicious that something bad was going on. The narrator smiled and welcomed them, he had nothing to hide. He showed them the old man’s room, where everything was in order, and said he was absent in the country. The officers started chatting, they had no suspicions. But the narrator became nervous, and started hearing things in his head. He grew pale, and the sound increased. He was very surprised that the officers continued talking like they didn’t notice. The sound grew louder and louder, and now he was sure they would hear it. At last he screamed and admitted the deed, and told them to tear up the planks. He thought it was...