Tell Tale Heart

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Brianna Bolin's Storyboard for the Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • •"I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-a pale pale eye with a film over it" (Poe 74)
  • Rising Action
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  • Climax
  • In the beginning of the short story, the narrator pleads with us in order to receive sympathy. He explains that he killed his boss because he had an disturbing false eye.The narrator believes he is sane despite his tendency to hear thinks and odd obsessions. He does so in an old house in a seemingly urban area.
  • Falling Action
  • At night, the narrator would sneak into his boss's room and try to kill him. Until his eighth attempt, he failed in doing so as he could not see the "vulture" eye. However, on the eighth night he woke the old man up by accident, allowing him to see the eye. For hours he stood watched, staring at the eye. After a while, he became haunted by the sound of the old man's heart untill it overwhelmed him.
  • Resolution
  • The beating of the old man's heart drove the narrator to the brink of insanity. In order to make the sound stop, the narrator killed the old man. He suffocated the old man with a mattress, killing the man he was entrusted to care for. The narrator believe that his cations were justified, and that he was forced to commit the murder.
  • Theme
  • After murdering the old man the narrator hid the body under the floorboards. He believed that he committed the perfect crime and could not be caught. As such, when the police officers came, he took them into the old man's room and had a lively discussion. He was relived after killing the man as if a burden had been lifted of his shoulders. The narrator rejoiced in what he thought to be the perfect crime.
  • Once the narrator came of the high of his "perfect crime" he once more became overwhelmed by the sound of the old man's heart. He started to imagine that the police officers new of his crime and were mocking him, hearing their voices and the constant tattoo of the heart. This combination of over-stimulus caused his nonchalant facade to crumble and he admitted to his crime. The subconscious guilt of killing the man who was kind to him caused him to hear things and made the narrator mad.
  • "Villains! "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!" (Poe 77)
  • There are two different major themes to Tell Tale Heart. Guilt presents itself as a theme because of the guilt that the narraotr felt after the crime. Even if he did not recognize it, the guilt of the crime made him confess and was the reason why he was hearing things. Another interpretation of possible themes would be insanity. The narrator was mad, he heard stuff that did not exist and sued this an excuse to kill someone. However, he did not believe that he was insane.
  • Why does his heartbeat plague me? What have I done to diverse this?
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