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The Tell-Tale Heart

Gothic horror themes; reading the story; the themes; the plot; the characters; the setting
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Jenna Hall

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart Our learning intentions are to:
explore plot, theme, characterisation and setting in 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.
consider Gothic horror themes.
explore the conventions of short stories.
We will be successful if:
we can highlight the techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe to write in the Gothic horror genre.
apply our knowledge of the genre's themes and of short story conventions to our own imaginative piece. What's the genre? Brainstorm themes in Gothic fiction GUILT Being haunted by the past Psychological terror & madness Physical danger Body parts FEAR Death and disfiguration 'Gothic' came to be applied to the literary genre precisely because the genre dealt with such emotional extremes and dark themes, and because it found its most natural settings in the buildings of this style. Gothic horror is literature that emerged during the Victorian period that plays on the fears and emotions of the era; an era that was especially fearful since their beliefs had been ripped out from under them, largely by modern science that contradicted medieval superstition and belief. Re-read the first paragraph. Write down one word that sums of your impression of the story's narrator.
Do you believe he heard the man's heart just before he murdered him?
Do you believe he heard the man's heart after?
What are you shown, and not told, about the narrator?
Is the narrator reliable? FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE
speaks directly to reader
uses ' I '
only tells what they personally know
advantage = deeper insight
disadvantage = one point of view
reader must consider what is inferred by the writer Create a timeline of the story’s plot on the horizontal axis and then plot the level of tension at that point on the vertical axis.
Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe. TENSION EVENTS DECIDES TO KILL GUILT Being haunted by the past Psychological terror & madness Physical danger Body parts FEAR Death and disfiguration What are the themes of 'The Tell-Tale Heart'?
Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe. BUILDING TENSION IN THE PLOT "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." "He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it." CHARACTERISATION Physical appearances
Personality
Habits
Actions
Interactions with others (what they say and how they say it)
What other characters say about them Readers infer or deduce, like a detective, information about a character. The narrator / mad man The old man / victim Describe the different aspects of the characters in 'The Tell-Tale Heart'?
Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe. "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 old man sprang up in bed, crying out—"Who's there?"" SETTING Focus on paragraph 3:
Comment on the way the narrator talks to the reader directly in the first three sentences of the paragraph. Why does he do that?
Comment on the pace of the next sentences – slow or fast – why?
Look at the way he says he killed him – very matter of fact. What is the effect of this?
What is the purpose of the dashes?
Why does he repeat himself so much? The representation of the character:
DIRECT - description of qualities
INDIRECT - readers can guess from characters' actions, speech or appearance Setting can be used to create atmosphere and build tension Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe to establish setting. "for the shutters were close fastened" Create a timeline of the story’s plot on the horizontal axis and then plot the level of tension at that point on the vertical axis.
Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe. TENSION EVENTS DECIDES TO KILL BUILDING TENSION IN THE PLOT "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." GUILT Being haunted by the past Psychological terror & madness Physical danger Body parts FEAR Death and disfiguration What are the themes of 'The Tell-Tale Heart'?
Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe. "He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it." CHARACTERISATION Physical appearances
Personality
Habits
Actions
Interactions with others (what they say and how they say it)
What other characters say about them Readers infer or deduce, like a detective, information about a character. The narrator / mad man The old man / victim Describe the different aspects of the characters in 'The Tell-Tale Heart'?
Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe. "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 old man sprang up in bed, crying out—"Who's there?"" The representation of the character:
DIRECT - description of qualities
INDIRECT - readers can guess from characters' actions, speech or appearance SETTING Setting can be used to create atmosphere and build tension Find evidence (quotes) and identify any techniques used by Edgar Allan Poe to establish setting. "for the shutters were close fastened" GROUP 1 GROUP 2 GROUP 3 GROUP 4 GROUP 5
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