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In "The Tell-Tale Heart," what does the heart beating symbolize?

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davisteesha | Elementary School Teacher

Posted October 11, 2007 at 5:54 AM via web

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In "The Tell-Tale Heart," what does the heart beating symbolize?

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 11, 2007 at 10:29 AM (Answer #2)

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To me, the beating heart in "The Tell-Tale Heart" symbolizes the murderer's conscience and/or his guilt.  It seems as though this man  knows that he has committed a horrible crime and the guilt is literally destroying him, eating him up inside like a living creature fighting its way out.  Though a manifestation of his mind,the beating heart is real enough to him to drive him to the verge of insanity and to an admission to the crime.

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houston-luvr

Posted November 11, 2008 at 9:09 AM (Answer #3)

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It symbolizes his guilt for what he did to the old man.

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10

Posted November 18, 2008 at 1:34 AM (Answer #4)

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the noise symbolizes the guilt of the man who killed the poor elderly man.

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