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The Tell-Tale Heart (Prereading)

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Sam Sicilia

on 4 December 2013

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The Tell-Tale Heart (Pre-reading)
Edgar Allan Poe & The Short Story
Edgar Allan Poe made the short story into an art form. He believed that writers should create a "unity of effect." Every element - from sentence rhythm to character's personality - would help create a single impression in the reader's mind. In the story, that impression is one of horror.
Poe's Life
The Big Question
When torn between doing right and wrong, a person may find a solution by __________________________.
The Tell-Tale Heart: Anticipation Guide
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Many conflicts take place internally. Think of some examples, from your experience or from other sources, of internal conflict; where people struggle with their conscience and their wants or desires.

Poe's Short Story Format
Opening sentence that grabs readers attention, and forshadows the story's conclusion.
A spare style that presents character, setting, and action in an economical fashion.
a succinct and (sometimes) unexpected ending.
finish the following sentence in your own words.
Things that happen at night are usually scarier than the same things happening during the day.
Mysterious noises can be as frightening as mysterious sights.
There is a thin line between sanity and madness.
A guilty conscience is the worst punishment of all.
Revisit your anticipation guide after you read to see if your opinion changes.
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