(Warning: There are spoilers galore in this review, but the story itself is quite obvious, not to mention the title, so I spoiled away!)
A few decades ago, I read this short story as an elementary school student. From what I can remember from a fuzzy recollection is that the tale creeped me completely out and the image of a beating heart under the floorboards thumped around in my consciousness for weeks after. However, for some reason I remembered the heart being in a box, which is not in the story. Why, I wonder? Was it some illustration I'd seen that had left that impression or simply my mind supplying details?
|The Tell Tale Heart (1919)|
|The Veiled Heart (1932)|
My conclusion still seems rather elusive and I'm grasping at a possible meaning that is still out of my reach. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this or any other interpretations that you've discovered? If so I'd love to hear them!
There is also the theme of the psychosis of the murder, which is rather fascinating. He continually emphasizes the fact he is NOT crazy, and incessantly accentuates his clever machinations. And notice in his final words, he calls the police, "villains". Everything is backwards in his twisted mind.
My next Deal Me In Challenge choice will be the essay, Doodles in the Dictionary by Aldous Huxley.
Week 9 - Deal Me In Challenge - Five of Clubs