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Tell Tale Heart Trial
Transcript of Tell Tale Heart Trial
Mr. Nameless Narrator
The Tell Tale Heart Criminal Trial Charge: Murder The question before the court is whether or not Mr. N may have been temporarily insane at the time that he committed the murder. If Mr. N is found to have been sane at the time of the murder, he will receive a sentence of life in prison. If Mr. N is found to have been temporarily insane at the time of the murder, he will be sent to the state mental hospital. This briefing will cover everything you need to know to complete the trial. First, everyone involved in this trail must understand the meaning of temporarily insane. We often talk about people who are a little strange, or even a lot strange, as “nuts,” “crazy,” or “insane.” Please note that just being strange or doing weird things does not qualify you as temporarily insane in the legal sense we are worried about here. It is obvious that Mr. N is a very strange person. This trial is about a different question. Here is the recognized definition we will use for temporary insanity:
1. A temporarily insane person must have committed a severe crime.
2. It must then be shown that this person had no idea that what they did was wrong at the time that the crime was committed.
So the question in focus here is whether or not Mr. N was aware of the fact that the murder he committed was wrong when he actually killed Mr. One-eye. Roles in the Trial: Now, you must decide what part you will play in the trial. Here is a list of the parts that you could play: Consider each role carefully:
1) How much prep work is needed?
2) How much acting is needed?
3) What costume will be necessary to "get into character"?
4) How familiar will you need to be with the story?
5) How much speaking will you need to do in front of the class? This should be fun!
Use this as a creative outlet to show your understanding of the crazy events of "The Tell Tale Heart". Through the work of our detective Mr. Edgar Allan Poe in his briefing entitled The Tell-tale Heart, we have determined that Mr. Crazy Nameless Narrator (who will be referred to as “Mr. N”) has murdered his roommate, Mr. Creepy One-eyed Old-guy (who will be referred to as Mr. One-eye). There is no question as to whether or not Mr. N committed the murder, as he has openly admitted to the crime.
1) Judge (3)—runs the trial and makes sure that everyone is following the rules
Required Writing: Opinion piece on the trial 2) Bailiff (1)—announces the arrival of the judge, swears-in witnesses, enforces order in the courtroom
Required Writing: Police Report on the crime 3) Prosecuting Attorney (2)—researches and then argues that Mr. N was not temporarily insane at the time of the murder. That is, the prosecuting attorney argues that Mr. N was fully aware that what he was doing was wrong when he committed the crime.
Required Writing: Opening and Closing Arguments (Persuasive Piece) 4) Defense Attorney (2)—researches and then argues that Mr. N was temporarily insane at the time of the murder. That is, the prosecuting attorney argues that Mr. N had no idea that what he was doing was wrong when he committed the crime.
Required Writing: Opening and Closing Arguments (Persuasive Piece) 5) Court Recorder (1)—takes detailed notes on everything that takes place in the trial
Required Writing: Formal Record of the trial (type notes and clean them up) 8) Jury Member (???)—listens to the trial and participates in developing the verdict (the final decision on Mr. N’s sanity)
Required Writing: Opinion piece on the trial 6) Photo Journalist (1)—will work directly with the Journalist to produce a news article on the trial (will be responsible for photographs of the trial (camera can be provided if needed)
Required Writing: Photo Layout and Captions 11) Nosy Nona (1)—plays the part of the neighbor who calls the police in The Tell-tale Heart, will serve as a secondary witness for the attorneys
Required Writing: Character Analysis of Mr. Crazy Nameless Narrator 7) Journalist (1)—will observe and interview various members of the court before, during, and after the trial to develop an article about the class trial
Required Writing: Press Article covering the trial for our class 10) Officer Stew (1)—plays the part of one of the police officers from The Tell-tale Heart, will serve as a primary witness for the attorneys
Required Writing: Police Report on the crime 9) Mr. Crazy Nameless Narrator (1)—plays the part of the narrator in The Tell-tale Heart, will serve as a primary witness for the attorneys
Required Writing: Character Analysis of Mr. Crazy Nameless Narrator