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The Tell-Tale Heart

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Danielle Maltby

on 30 July 2015

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Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart

The First Paragraph
What effect does the first line have on you the reader? what is it's purpose?
What is the effect of the rhetorical question?
What disease do you think the narrator is speaking about?
What effect does the first paragraph have on you? How does it make you feel?
What are you shown and not told about the narrator?
Gothic Horror
Gothic/ Horror literature rose up like smoke in the 18th century as a reaction from enlightenment thinkers who placed value in human reasoning. Gothic writers played on fears and emotions of an era that had thrown out the beliefs of the church. Science, reasoning, the imagination and the dark side of humanity now emerged as popular focuses of study and literature. Thus came Gothic Literature.
Edgar Allan Poe
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
The Tell-Tale Heart
"one of his eyes resembled that of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over it"
"It was a low, dull, quick sound- much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton"
he believed that human beings could be agents of terror in his stories. He felt that the supernatural was not needed to create terror and horror. People were fully capable of terrible actions against each other.
Themes and Ideas
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
Psychological Terror
Madness
Guilt
Fear
What are some more themes of "The Tell-Tale Heart"
How are humans agents of terror?
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First Person Narrative
What is first person narrative?
What effect does this have?
In the third paragraph "Now this is the point..." the narrator talks directly to the reader. What is the point of this? What effect does this have on the reader?
Structure
Poe uses a combination of long and short sentences. What effect does this have?
What effect do the long sentences have?
What effect do the short sentences have?
What is the purpose of the dashes?
Why has Poe used repetition? what effect does this have?
Find quotes for each point
How has tension, fear and terror been created?
Find quotes for each
Find quotes for each Theme
"I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides"
Describe aspects of the narrator using quotes
Describe aspects of the old man?
What do we know about the old man?
Find quotes to support your views
Characterisation
direct description
indirect, what does the reader guess through actions, speech and appearance?
How is setting established?
Find quotes to support your ideas
"I then took up three planks from the flooring"
How would dialogue have enhanced the story?
Choose a scene from "The Tell-Tale heart" and rewrite it using dialogue
Gothic isn't just about the supernatural... but a comment on the darkside of humanity!
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