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The Tell Tale Heart

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Elizabeth Reed

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The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Born the second of three children in January 19, 1809.
Orphaned by the age of three.
By 13, he had written enough poems to publish a book.
Some Works
The Raven
Fall of the House of Usher
The Tell-Tale Heart
Mask of the Red Death
Cask of Amontillado
Annabel Lee
The Tell-Tale Heart
In this short story, the narrator kills the old man because of his "evil" eye, then confesses to the cops because he believes the old man's heart begins beating again.
Something that is represented in a story through an event, action, or object.
Poe Continued

Married 13-year-old Virginia.
His wife, mother, foster mother, and brother all died from Tuberculosis.
Had the "Edgar Allan Poe Award" named after him for his dark writing style.
Work Cited
Poe, Edgar A. "The Tell-Tale Heart." The
Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar
Allan Poe. New York: Barnes and Noble,
2006. 498-501. Print.

"Poe's Life." Edgar Allan Poe Museum :
Poe's Life, Legacy, and Works :
Richmond, Virginia. Web. 26 Oct. 2013.
The 'Vulture' eye
"One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture - a pale blue eye, with a film over it," (498).

"...no human eye - not even his - could have detected anything wrong," (500).
"...I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye," (498)

"... I resolved to open a little ... crevice in the lantern ... until at length a small dim ray, like the thread of a spider, shot out of the crevice and fell upon the vulture eye," (499).
The Bed and Bedroom
"In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him," (500)

"I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all (the body) between the scantlings," (500)
The Watch
"A watch's minute hand moved more quickly than did mine. Never before had I felt the extent of my own powers," (499).

"... a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton," (500 and 501).
The Lantern
His Sickness
"The disease had sharpened my senses - not destroyed - not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute," (498).

"Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing," (498).
Post-Death Heart Beat
"Villains!" I shrieked, "Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! - Tear up the planks! Here, HERE! - It is the beating of his hideous heart!" (501).
Thank you!
Elizabeth Amber Reed
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