Then the police came to see about a scream that was reported earlier. The man led them through the house, claiming that the old man was out of town for a while. He finally sat down in the exact spot where the old man had been buried under the floorboards. What eventually made the man confess to what he had done when he imagined that he heard the old man's heart beating from under the floorboards. It got louder and louder until finally he thought they(the officers)were just driving him insane and they heard the heart to and they must have heard it until he just jumped up, ripped off the floorboards and said "I did it, I killed him," pointing at the pieces of the man.
The “A Tell-Tale Heart” short story is about the narrator taking care of an old man who can no longer take care of himself. He became obsessed with the old mans eye and would sneak into his room at night to watch his eye and watch the old man sleep. He had nothing against the old man; he was always nice and friendly. The only thing that bothered him was his eye and how it was “a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in [his] bones” (p. 304). One night while creeping into the old mans bedroom to watch for his eye, he made a noise with his thumb slipping upon the tin by accident and the old man sprang up.
He goes on to say that for seven nights he would go to the old man’s room and watch him sleep, but on the eighth night, the old man wakes from hearing the narrator enter the room and from the shadows the narrator sees the evil eye prompting him to kill the old man. When the policeman come to the house, the narrator convents them that nothing bad has happened but because he was feeling confident he invites the policeman to the room to chat. All seems well until the narrator starts to hear the beating of a heart and freaks out and confesses that he murdered the old man. The story is littered with creepy symbols, horrific themes, and psychological effects of guilt and sin that embodies the Dark Romantic style shown through the insane nameless narrator who seeks to kill the old man with the evil
Though the narrator is a murderer, he is not so without reason. The story then tells us how the narrator murdered a neighbor, not for money or out of hatred, but because of the neighbor’s pale blue eye. Though the man is dear to him, the narrator was struck by the idea of killing the man, and thus his blue eye, and could not shake the idea. Once the thought of killing the man entered him, he had no choice but act on it. Therefore, the narrator nightly observed the man while he slept for a week; on the eighth night the narrator carefully and stealthily crept into the neighbor’s room to murder him.
The Premature Burial is a horror short story with the subject matter of being buried alive. The narrator begins by unfolding various examples of victims who suffered the fate of being buried alive (Poe, The Premature Burial 3). As the story progresses, one learns that the narrator suffers from a medical condition that makes him unconscious for long dura... ... middle of paper ... ...the hope of redeeming himself (Poe, The Black Cat 8). Several weeks later when the man goes to search for some kindling for the winter, his new pet nearly knocks him down. He raises his axe to kill the cat but his wife grabs his hand and the man ends up killing her instantly (Poe, The Black Cat 11).
Imagery is a set of mental pictures or images. In this story Poe shows lots of imagery by like they why he had they light, how he stalked the old man, how he killed the old man, and then by the way he heard the pounding heart in his head when the cops came. The way he used the imagery made it feel like you where in the story, when the cops came and the young man heard the "pounding hart" made a little pounding noise in my head like I was there. I think that this was Poe's why to scare the people in his short stories. Dialogue is the conversation between two or more people.
The narrator then believes that the policemen over his house, investigating a report of a scream by a neighbor, can also hear the beating and are mocking him by pretending they don’t hear it. He finally admits to the murder on page 46, yelling “Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed!--Tear up the planks!--Here, here!--It is the beating of his hideous heart!”. The narrator is so totally convinced that the sound is not in his head that he admits the crime, believing that the police already know of the murder.
He figures out that it is because of the old man's blue eye that he must kill him. The narrator explains that every night past midnight, he would sneak his head into his room just to see him sleeping. One night as he was sneaking into the old mans bedroom, his hand slipped and the old man woke up. The narrator stood there not moving a muscle, and the old man as well. When he tried to shine light into where the old man was, all he could see was the old man's bright blue eye.
Regarding the sound of the old man's beating heart, the narrator says, "And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses? --now, I say, there came to my ears a low dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton". The narrator claims he is not imagining the sound but he is hearing it because his senses are so sharp. The narrator believes he is justified in killing the old man because the man has an Evil Eye. The narrator claims the old man's eye made his blood run cold and the eye looked as if it belonged to a vulture.
The narrator planned to kill his roommate whom had never wronged him and had loved dearly because he felt his pale blue eye was tormenting him. The narrator claims “his eye resembles that of a vulture.” The madman then goes on to explain how when the eye is on him his blood turns cold, and he has to get rid of the eye forever. He sneaks into his roommate’s room for seven nights at midnights and shines a beam of light from a lantern over the eye to find it closed. On the eighth night he repeats the same steps to find that this time the eye is open! The roommate senses someone’s presence and is alarmed.