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The Tell-Tale Heart

Poster Session

Jay Feuerstein

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe Formalism Conclusions & Meanings Story in a Story The Title "The Tell-Tale Heart Repetition Metaphors & Similes Personification Irony The Beginning Conclusion The Body The Story Repeatedly tells the audience that he is not mad, but shows how skillfully he killed the old man

The old man's eye is what made the narrator want to kill him
On the eighth night the old man woke up as the narrator was sneaking around his room He hears the heart beating louder, and louder and eventually confesses to the murder The Irony of the beating heart of the old man before he was killed and after his death Metaphor - "He was stone dead. His eye resembled that of a vultures eye." Personification - "Death has chosen the old man." Poe writes in the word "watch" four times within the story to symbolize that that every second that goes by is another second closer to death It is not the "eye" that makes the narrator want to kill but the "I". The symbolizes that nothing he does goes unnoticed. The eye can see his diabolical plans and nasty thoughts. This is why he had to eliminate it. He starts the story with the line, "True! - nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The heart tells the tales to the narrator The narrator would sneak into the old man's room at exactly midnight and waited for the right time to make his move The narrator stood completely still knowing that the old man could not see him in the darkness
The narrator hears how loud the old man's heart is beating, so he decides to suffocate him with his mattress before the neighbors hear it The narrator then dismembers the old man's corpse and stashes the body parts underneath the floorboards The Police show up to the door after the neighbors heard a loud shriek from the house The narrator invites them in to sit down The narrator places his chair directly above the corpse Simile - "Black as pitch" & "It increased my fury as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage." It was really the old man's heart, it was
the narrator's own heart beating from
being nervous

He's not as skillful as he thought The Old Man's Eye There could be numerous conclusions to the story such as: the story he is telling the police, or if he gets sent to a psychiatric hospital and he is trying to prove his sanity The beginning is the end, the story is in
reverse Before the narrator kills the old man, the heart starts to beat telling the narrator that is he has fear Then while talking to the police the heart starts to beat again, which shows the narrator's guilt
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