Lit GIFs: The Tell-Tale Heart

Cover of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe showing a crow alone on the ground

So it’s almost Halloween.

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Which means jack o’ lanterns and costumes and pumpkin-spiced everything.

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And, of course, Edgar Allan Poe, reigning king of high-school-English-textbook darkness.

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Cask of Amontillado, anyone?

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Probably Poe’s protagonist in “The Tell-Tale Heart” had a few too many casks of amontillado.

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He is haunted by an old man’s eye because it’s pale blue. For some reason he gets freaked out every time it lands on him.

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So this guy decides to kill the old man because he can’t stand his eye. But he’s super nice to him for a whole week before he does it.

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He watches him sleep. Every night. For seven nights.

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On the eighth night the old man hears him. So our protagonist stands there in the dark for an hour, not moving a muscle.

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The old man, terrified, tries to convince himself that the noise is nothing more than a cricket.

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After a while, our sleep-watcher opens up his lantern just a little. Just enough so that a string of light hits the old man’s evil blue eye.

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The protagonist becomes angry at the eye. He pulls the old man to the floor and smothers him with his own bed. No more eye = no more problem.

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He’s very careful about disposing of the body. He dismembers it over a tub. No stain, no pain.

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The police show up at the door. He invites them in and settles his own chair over the spot where he’s just hidden the old man’s body under the floor.

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The police are none the wiser, but as they talk, there comes a ringing in the killer’s head. It grows louder and louder.

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Thump, thump, thump, goes the old man’s heart.

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It drives our killer mad enough that he admits to the deed right then and there.

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So here’s our major lesson for the day: Don’t be a stalker. It’ll only make you crazy.

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