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Edgar Allan Poe is acknowledged today as one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature His skillfully wrought tales and poems convey with passionate intensity the mysterious dreamlike and often macabre forces that pervaded his sensibility He is also considered the father of the modern detective story The Tell Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe the narrator remains nameless and sexless in the story Hshe takes care of an old man with whom the relationship is unclear At the beginning of the story the narrator says that he loved the old man but he hates his eye and hshe believes that the eye is evil Hshe confesses that the one and only reason for killing the old man is his eye Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold and so by degrees - I made up my mind to take the life of the old man The narrator begins the story by trying to convince the reader that hshe is not insane The fact that the old mans eye is the only motivation to murder proves the narrator is mentally unstable For seven nights precisely at midnight the narrator enters the old mans room to observe the eye On the eighth night the narrator enters the room and the old man sat suddenly in his bed crying out whos there the narrator stood still for over an hour as did the old man who did not lie back down Then hshe opened the lantern slightly and the ray was on the eye only This made the narrator go furious and he moved to the old man who shrieked once heshe dragged him off his bed and killed him The old mans body was chopped and buried under the planks of the floor The police came because of a shriek reported by a neighbor Hshe invited them and they sat chatting after a while the
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