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The Tell-Tale Heart by: Edgar Allen Poe
Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart by: Edgar Allen Poe
1 personification What is figurative language? When the meaning of something is described by comparing it to another word or phrase that is familiar to the audience. Why is it used? it makes the story more interesting
for the reader to understand and imagine it
to show emotion that a definition can't Simile A simile compares two different things using 'like' or 'as'. "So I opened it --you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily --until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye." comparing the ray of light from a lantern to the thread of a spider
the reader is probably familiar to a spider web
to emphasize how thin the ray of light was Metaphor A metaphor compares two different things without using 'like' or 'as'. "He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it." compares the old mans eye with that of a vulture
is not literally a vultures eye, has a resemblance
the reader could visualize the eye Hyperbole A hyperbole is an over exaggeration used to emphasize a point. ``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.`` over exaggerates how long it took to place his head past the threshold
didn`t literally take a whole hour
used because it felt very long, as he was trying to be careful Personification A personification is when something non-human is given human abilities or reactions. "All in vain; because death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim." Option A Symbolic Language 2 examples of symbolic language hi giving 'death' human abilities
death 'stalked' the old man and 'approached' him
helps develop mood What is symbolic language? Why is it used? nirali to communicate a deeper meaning
to make readers actually think about the theme
to show the message/moral of a story when an author uses an object to represent a concept/meaning
when something is not directly stated but the reader has to make an inference to figure out what the author is talking about. Example # 1 Example #2 The old mans heart beat. represented/symbolized the narrators guilt
gradually grew louder along with the weight of his guilt
caused narrator to go insane and confess his crime of murder Thank you for listening and being a wonderful audience! The old mans eye resembles a vultures eye
vultures are scavengers that search for dead animals to eat
vultures have sharp eyes, they see everything
makes the narrator nervous and scared
it is the only reason why the narrator wants to murder the old man