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The Tell-Tale Heart

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Sophie Moreau

on 9 March 2015

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Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart

Guilt is an obstacle too large to overcome
After reading this short story, we can now understand the true power of guilt. This story demonstrates how guilt can even drive people thought to be crazy sane; as the protagonist brutally murders his own father, and cleverly rids of the corps, he is confident he will never be figured out. Yet once confronted about the subject, he drives himself out of his mind with guilt and ends up confessing for his crime.
Universal Truth
The antagonist of this short story would be what the main character refers to as the 'evil eye'. The 'evil eye' is the father in the story's eye under the reason he is blind. The reason why this object is the antagonist is because it is what drives the main character to experience intense emotions leading him to make poor decisions that end up affecting his life forever.
Inciting Incident & Climax
This is the inciting incident because it's what creates the events that follow. By him receiving this idea, it triggers him to follow through therefore starting the ripple effect.

The climax is when the two officers are lead to the room of the murder. This is the climax because it's the point that's the most important; it's the part of the story where it proves guilt can overcome anyone.
The protagonist of the short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe is the murderer. This character is labeled as being mentally ill as well as paranoid and the events that follow only go to support this theory. As he says,
"The disease has sharpened my senses--not destroyed-- not dulled them." (Poe 1.)The main character is proving he is not typical as he reveals there is a disease within him. Also, as he says,
"I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture...Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold...I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." The main character is displaying how the 'eye' irritates him and makes him feel uneasy, therefore leading him to his conclusion of killing it, and its host, in order to liberate himself of the restless feeling.
By: Sophie Moreau
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe

The inciting incident of this short story is when the protagonist decides to rid himself of the 'evil eye'.
The flashback starts when the narrator/protagonist first starts by introducing his disease then followed by narrating his story of how he almost got away with murder. This term provides detail about the story as well as the protagonist because it shows how as he is trying to convince the readers he is not a madman, he is only further supporting the fact. He is doing so as he commits the murder and is pleased with what he has done.
"How, then am I mad? Harken! and observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story."

(Poe 1)

This quote goes to prove just how dedicated the protagonist is trying to convince the readers to be on his side.
The symbol I thought would best represent the main character during 'flashback' is a scratched CD. The reason why I thought this fit the situation is because a CD holds pictures, videos, etc...forever but once they're damaged, they can't ever be the same again.

At the beginning of this short story, foreshadowing is used to captivate the readers interest. It is used when the characters solution to his dilemma is yet to be revealed because it causes mystery and excitement. This technique creates suspicion and suspense as readers are intrigued by the protagonist's plot. It also causes the mood to be enhanced as you become mysterious and held in suspense, wondering about what might become of him.
"It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night." (Poe 1.)
This quote hints to readers that something negative will take place as the narrator says he was "haunted" by the idea. At this point we also know the protagonist is paranoid by the "evil eye" so readers are able to predict the event that evolves around this concept.
The symbol that I chose would best represents the events that support the terms theme is a semi-opened door. The reason why I
chose a semi-opened door is because you are able to predict what might be behind it, yet you won't know until you open it. This represents foreshadowing because the outcome is a mystery yet you have an idea of what it could possibly be.
Surprise Ending
At the beginning of the story, the protagonist seems rather normal as he experiences nerves and anxiety; as many people do. Yet further into the story he commits a murder and is very proud and confident of how well he thinks his secret is hidden. This just goes to enforce that this short story has a huge surprise ending as the main character changes dramatically in only a few days time.

Having a surprise ending is effective because it makes the readers reevaluate the protagonist as well as their emotions towards their actions/personality.
"You should have seen how wisely I proceeded--with what caution--with what foresight--with what dissimulation I went to work!" (Poe 1.)

"But anything was better than this agony!...I felt I must scream or die! and now...(Poe 4.)

The first quote is taken from the beginning of the novel as he starts off narrating his story. At this point of the story, the protagonist is calm and concentrated. Then, during the end of the story (second quote) the protagonist is becoming deranged as he seems to be hearing things. This just goes to show how dramatically the main character changes throughout the story.
At the beginning of this story, the protagonist starts out sounding ordinary as well as calm. Then, towards the end of the story, the main character commits a murder, is proud of his accomplishment, thinks he'll never get caught and then ends up confessing in the end because the guilt was too much for him to handle.

Incorporating irony into this story expands the meaning as well as the depth of the plot. As he is proud of his fulfillment, the protagonist becomes overconfident and soon realizes he is in too deep. Soon after this, he experiences guilt on many levels and ends up confessing in the end.
"In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim." (Poe 3)

"But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision!"(Poe 4)

The symbol that I chose to represent irony is a police stealing money. The reason why I chose this symbol to represent irony is because police arrest robbers and are supposed to enforce
these types of laws.

This short story uses suspense throughout the story as readers can't predict the final outcome. For example, readers don't know how the protagonist is going to be able to get away with murder therefore causing suspense.

Suspense has many effects on the readers, for example, it would make them want to keep on reading because although they know something bad will happen, they know they can't find out until the end which would cause them to want to keep on reading.
"Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.(Poe 1.)

This quote first introduced suspense into the story when the narrator mentioned his plan to relieve himself of his burden. This creates the suspense because it's at this point where readers want to know the outcome.
The symbol I chose to represent the term
of suspense is a book with the last page
ripped out. The reason why I chose this as
my symbol is because with the last page
ripped out, you will never know what
happens or have any closure; also known as being left in suspense. This relates to the short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" because since the beginning of the story, readers are held in suspense by being notified of the negative situation yet they have to continue reading in order to get the closure they need.
This quote shows the irony of the story because from the beginning he seemed like he was unstoppable and would never get caught yet in the end he seems like he can't bare the guilt anymore.
Characterizations of protagonist
"TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses." (Poe 1.)
"Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth." (Poe 1.)
The symbol that I chose to represent surprise ending is an alarm clock. I chose to use this as my symbol because it starts out quiet but once it reaches a certain time it changes dramatically and start making a lot of noise all of a sudden.
Text to
A story that relates to the theme of this short story is Hansel and Gretel. This relates to the theme of "The Tell-Tale Heart" because the father sent both his kids into the forest because it was what he was forced to do; and he immediatly felt guilty after he did so.
"I smiled--for what I had to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome."(Poe 3)
"dissemble no more! I did the deed!" (Poe 4)
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