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Unreliable Narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart"

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Transcript of Unreliable Narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart"

Narrator & Point of View
in Edgar Allan Poe's
"The Tell Tale Heart"

The Picaro: Characterized by exaggeration and bragging.

The Madman: A narrator who suffers from severe illness such as schizophrenia or paranoia.

The Clown: A narrator who does not take narrations seriously and purposely plays with the truth, reader’s expectations, or conventions.

The Naíf: A narrator whose perception is immature or limited through their point of view, like a child or someone who is childlike.
Types of Unreliable Narrators
Why is the narrator in “The Tell Tale Heart” unreliable? What type of unreliable narrator is he?

Why is it important to be able to pick out an unreliable narrator?

How can not knowing the narrator is unreliable shape your perception of the story?
QUESTIONS!
List 3 examples of an unreliable narrator that you have experienced from stories, movies, or T.V. Shows. Try not to use the examples given earlier!

Give 2 ways that an unreliable narrator can change your perception of a story.

Write down 1 question that you have about narrators, unreliable narrators, Poe, or “The Tell Tale Heart”.
3-2-1 Debriefing Exit Card
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ACTIVITY!
A narrator who is not trustworthy. Their rendition of events must be taken with a grain of salt.
UNRELIABLE NARRATOR
Re-read The Tell Tale Heart and identify any instances where the unreliable narrator changed your perception/point of view of the story. Once you have re-read the story answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs: How is the story different the second time now that you realize the narrator is unreliable?
For Tomorrow
All of these characters/narrators
have something in common!
What is it?
They are all
unreliable
narrators!
Using the provided prompt write the beginning of an original story on the green card, the middle of the story on the yellow card, and the end of the story on the hot pink card.
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