Literature: The Tell Tale Heart
The Tell-Tale Heart is an 1843 short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a classic of Gothic Horror and one of his most famous, adapted and referenced works next to The Raven.The narrator tells you nothing about their life, not even their name or gender, except for the fact that they are not mad! They go on to tell you about the methodical, patient, and extremely thorough way that they set about committing murder.Read it here.
- Animated Adaptation: The acclaimed 1953 UPA short, which holds No. 24 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list.
- Beat Still, My Heart
- Buried Alive: The narrator thinks the old man he killed is, but it's a product of his mind.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The narrator kills the Old Man, not because he hates him, but because his hideous eye bothered him that much.
- First-Person Perspective: The story is told from the POV of the narrator.
- In Medias Res: The story starts like this.
- It Was His Sled: The narrator loses it and reveals he killed the old man to the police by tearing apart the floorboards he buried him under.
- No Name Given: None of the characters are given actual names.
- Sanity Slippage
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: The more the narrator says that they aren't mad, the less and less inclined you are to believe them.
- Terrible Ticking: The Trope Maker.
- Through the Eyes of Madness
- Unreliable Narrator: The Narrator insists he's sane, but his precision and rationalizing of how well he planned the murder reveal he's an overly nervous, paranoid monomaniac.
- Villain Protagonist