The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

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  • "TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?"
  • "And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it --oh so gently!"..."I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed, crying out --"Who's there?"
  • The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.
  • Who's there?
  • Sepia Tones- show gloom and despair Narrator wears black and white to show morbidity
  • I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye --not even his --could have detected any thing wrong.
  • The walls, furniture, and bed are dark shades, showing not only the darkness of the room, but of Death's shadow enveloping the old man. The old man wears blue, a calm color, for he doesn't think he will be murdered
  • No doubt I now grew very pale; --but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased --and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound --much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton.
  • The Narrator is determined, as he needs to finish cutting up the corpse. The old man is startled, as he doesn't expect to be murdered.
  • "My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears." But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!"
  • Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!
  • The Narrator is smug, as he believes he has committed the perfect crime.
  • The Narrator is relaxed The police are cheerful and not at all suspicious The Thumping is beginning to begin.
  • The Narrator is angry because he believes that the police have tricked him. The police are shocked because the didn't think he was the killer.
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