True! - nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?
~ The Narrator trying to claim he/she is perfectly sane

This article is about the main character in "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe.


In the "Tell-Tale Heart," the identity of this mystery person is unknown. He or she identifies him or herself as "I" or "me". In the short story, he or she murders an old man that lives with him/her because of his vulture-like eye with his own bed. Whether the old man was a father or if he or she worked for him is unknown as of yet. He or she then boasts about their intelligence by saying he/she did not leave a speck of blood by dismembering the old man in a tub. He or she claims that they aren't mad, but at the end of the story, he or she admits to the horrible deed, and tells the police officers to tear away the floorboards because of the old man's "hideous heart" keeps beating without halt. It is unknown what he or she represents.