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Encyclopedia > The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ...


The story tells the tale from a first person view, of an unnamed unreliable narrator who commits a murder. The narrator consistently comments on his state of being perfectly sane. The story details his murder of an elderly gentleman on account of his 'evil eye'. He is later approached by three policemen who proceed to question him. He manages himself well enough to fool them all. However he is haunted by what he deems to be the growing beating of the dead man's heart; haunting him until he proceeds to tear up his floorboards and reveal his guilt. In literature and film, an unreliable narrator (a term coined by Wayne C. Booth in his 1961 book The Rhetoric of Fiction [1]) is a literary device in which the credibility of the narrator, either first-person or third-person, is seriously compromised. ... Sanity is a legal term denoting that an individual is of sound mind and therefore can bear legal responsibility for his or her actions. ...

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To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809–October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor and critic. ...



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