• Nisha Shetty

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by the American Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. The tale is narrated by an unnamed narrator who tries to convince the reader of his sanity while simultaneously narrating the incidents of a murder he committed.

The perfect introduction to Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart is classic macabre writing- both in themes and plot. The story contains themes of irony, guilt, and obsession. It unwinds the psychology of paranoia, and the clipped sentences with their almost rhythmic words force the reader to truly understand the sensation.

This short story is fast-paced and makes for an easy, quick read. The Tale-Tale Heart is a recommend for fans of horror and the Gothic.

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