Summary and theme " The Tell Tale Heart ( Edgar Allen Poe)

The Tell-Tale Heart is a beautiful story written by Edgar Allen Poe. In this article, I have given the summary of the short story Tell Tale Heart in simple and easy language so that students can understand and learn it. The short story is included in the syllabus of the B.A. of Punjab University and many other universities.

The Tell-Tale Heart ( by Edgar Allen Poe)


The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe is a very interesting story. it is quite different from other short stories in structure and theme. Tell Tale Herat means that man is forced to tell the tale of another owing to the beating of his heart. The killer in the story is overpowered by the beating of the heart. he gives himself to the police and is forced by the uneasy state of mind to tell the story of the murder of an old man.

 The writer wants to show that murdering an innocent person is a heinous crime. It cannot be concealed by any planning or precautionary measure. Every killer or murderer is haunted by the throes of his conscience. His mental balance is deranged. He is overpowered by the idea of his crime so much that he has to divulge his guilt.

The killer in this story also suffered from mental agony. The old man got up in his bed when the killer entered his room. His heart was beating loudly. It became louder gradually. The murderer feared that the beating of the old man might not be heard by someone in the neighborhood. He ran at the old man and smothered him to death.

The beating of the old man's heart chased the murderer. He can listen to this voice even when he buries the dead boy into the ground.. He thought that the beating of the old man's heart was disturbing him.

Actually, it was his own heart that was beating loudly. It was beating have heard the beating of his heart. That is why he was forced to reveal the secret of the old man's murder. It was the killer's heart that beat loudly and it told that tale of the old man's murder.

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