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  • Exposition
  • "The Tell-Tale Heart" BY:EDGAR aLLAN POE Storyboard created by: Elisia Bendy and Sydnee Sao
  • Rising Action
  • I can't do my work because the eye is closed, it is the thing that angers me so
  • Climax
  • AH!
  • The Tell Tale Heart opens with the antagonist addressing the reader. He tries to convince us that he isn't insane. He describes his relationship with the old man he killed, and claims that he loved this man. The antagonist didn't kill him out of greed or passion, but because of his menacing pale blue eye. The murderer decided to take the man's life and get rid of his eye forever.
  • Falling Action
  • On the nights leading up to the murder, the antagonist says he treats the man with absolute kindness. Every night at midnight, he turned the latch of his bedroom door and opened it carefully until there was sufficient space for his head. He put the lantern in first and then thrust his head in slowly, taking up to an hour. He would then shine a ray of light on the eye, but it was never open...
  • Resolution
  • I admit the deed the body is here, under the floor!
  • WHAAAAAAAT
  • The murder was committed on the eighth night. The narrator unhooked his lantern, and with the slip of a finger he awoke the old man. The protagonist was unable to see as the antagonist stood still and watched in the darkness with a grin. When the narrator finally opened his lantern, a ray of light shone upon the vulture eye. After one shriek he dragged the old man to the floor then placed a heavy mattress upon him until the sound of the heart beat was muffled.
  • Theme
  • After the murder the narrator still tries convincing the reader of his sanity. He explains the way he concealed the body by dismembering it. He then placed the body parts under three floorboards. The narrator states that he did this so cunningly and cleverly that no one would suspect a thing. Then there is a ring at the doorbell.
  • *Chop Chop* Look at the wise precautions for the concealment of the body. No eye not even that eye would suspect a thing.
  • When the narrator answered the door he found three police officers that had been summoned by a neighbor who heard a shriek. He showed them around the house with a suave confidence. He placed chairs for them to sit, then placed his own above the body. While sitting the narrator began to hear the increasing beat of the old man's heart. The beating heart drove him to confess to the murder.
  • The beating of the old man's heart caused the narrator to confess. The sound of the heart which the narrator describes as "a watch enveloped in cotton," represents guilt. It shows that your subconscious gets the best of you. Therefore, the overall theme of the story is guilt.
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