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The Tell-Tale Heart
Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart
By Shivika Aggarwal Plot Diagram
by Lucas Schroeder By Edgar Allan Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Climax: The main character goes to the old man's room on the eighth night and the old man wakes up and yells "who's there!" The main character puts a tiny beam of light on the old man's eye and then kills him! The main character then put the body under some floorboards and puts a chair on top of the floor. Exposition: The exposition is the introduction to the story so when the main
character is telling the reader about the old man and how his eye scares he/she. by Lucas Schroeder Setting and Point of View
By: Hannah Carrico Exposition Rising Action: He/she (the person telling the story), goes to the man's room and watches him sleep and puts a tiny beam of light on the old man's eye from his lantern for seven nights. Falling Action: The police come to the house and the main character lets the police look around the house and acts confident like nothing happened. Resolution: The main character suddenly hears a thumping noise and thinks its the heart of the old man. The thumping gets so loud that he/she can't stand it and so he/she yells and admits to the murder! Main Conflict Theme
By Shivika Aggarwal Setting
By:Hannah Carrico The Tell-Tale Heart takes place
Somewhere around the 1800's I know
this because there is no electricity.
I know that there is no electricity
because the author wrote "I put in a
dark lantern" and if there was electricity
then the man would have used a light
or a flashlight. I also think the story is
old because the author wrote "I
turned the latch of the door," if the story was
modern then it would be i turned the doorknob, not the latch.
The story takes place in the old mans house. The main character also lives in the old mans house so it is easy for the main character to get to the old man. The main conflict in "The Tell-Tale Heart" lies within the narrator. At the start of the story, he insists to the reader that he isn't mad. He is fighting against himself and his mad mind. He claims that he has nothing against the old man, but rather that his problem is with the old man's pale blue vulture eye. He is torn because he wants to kill the old man because of it, but at night the eye is closed. On the eighth night, the evil eye is open and the narrator can kill the old man because of it. After the murder,while the three police are with the narrator, the conflict turns to the narrator himself. He was proud of his evil work and careful planning in killing the old man and carefully hiding all evidence of the murder. Then, guilt builds up within him as he hears the repetitive sound of the old man's heart. He fears the officers hear it as well and goes from a proud man to a paranoid man. He cannot take the guilt any longer so he confesses to the murder. The theme in this story
was "if you are guilty, you
can't hide it and it will show.
This is because the main character thought he heard the heart of of the old man but it was just his imagination and that made him/her admit to the murder. Definition of Conflict in a Story "Conflict is the struggle of opposing forces in a story. It is what creates the drama and action that moves the story from beginning to conclusion. Every story has conflict; without conflict, there is no story."
Read more: Definition of Conflict in a Story | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5949306_definition-conflict-story.html#ixzz2PWeQWbn8 by Lucas Schroeder Figurative Language Edgar Allan Poe used many types of figurative language in "The Tell-Tale Heart." Two examples are Irony and Symbolism. Irony Irony is an unexpected turn in the story. One thing that is ironic in "The Tall-Tell Heart" is that throughout the whole story, the narrator tries to prove to the reader that he isn't mad, “How then am I mad? Listen! And observe how healthily, how calmly tell you the whole story.” In this quote he says that one shouldn't think that he's insane. Throughout the story he continues to question the reader to see if they still think that he is mad. Thus, the reader knows that he is trying to escape his internal insanity. Irony Connection This story reminds me of another story by Edgar Allan Poe called "The Black Cat". In this story, the same thing happens, the narrator is an unamed man who loves animals, but he has problems and he hurts his cat and once he even cut out her eyes. He was about to kill his cat one day when his wife protected it, so instead he kills his wife and hides her body in a wall, in his house. The police then come and inspect the house. The man confidently walks them around and he even taps on the wall where his wife is buried. When he does that, a loud cry comes from the wall. Somehow the cat had gotten in the wall alive with the wife's body and made the sound so the police found the cat and the wife's body!
Read the story here http://poestories.com/read/blackcat Another example of irony is how the narrator has so carefully planned out the death of the old man and is just about to get away with it when he admits the crime to the police. It is ironic because he spends the entire story trying to make sure that no one would suspect him of committing the crime, but in the end he turns himself in. He turns himself in because of all the guilt and paranoia he has. "Villains!" I shrieked, "Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! - tear up the planks! Here, here! - It is the beating of his hideous heart!" By Shivika Aggarwal Symbolisim by Lucas Schroeder The sound of the old man's heart at the end of the story symbolizes the narrator's guilt he felt after he had killed the old man who had never wronged him in any way. It also represents the narrator's paranoia. “Almighty God! - no, no! They heard!- they suspected ! - they knew! - they were making a mockery of my horror- this I thought and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision. I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now- again! - hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!” The beating of the heart is symbolic of the constant, inescapable guilt.
Main Conflict Plot Diagram, Theme
Connection By Shivika Aggarwal Point of View The short story we read was told in first person and the narrator was limited. Limited Limited means that the narrator does not know the emotions of anyone besides him or herself. In The Tell-Tale heart i know that the writer is limited because the narrator had to guess what the old man was feeling. The narrator said "The old man's terror MUST have been extreme!". Character Development By Matt Whitcomb Edgar Allan Poe explains his characters through... What the Characters Think and Say and The Characters' Actions The Character's Actions "True!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad?" What the Character Thinks and Says "I moved it slowly-very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man's sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed." The character tells us that he is crazy even though he doesn't believe it The character's actions show us that he is mad, paranoid, and obsessed The End By Shivika Aggarwal